Pure Bathing Culture: We Looked to How Records Were Recorded in the Past
|Pure Bathing Culture, Moon Tides|
Sarah Versprille: Having worked on our EP with Swift, I knew that was going to be the case. All those vocals are first or second takes, and they're all complete passes. There's no editing, and very little punching on any of that. It is fun to do the vocal like that. A lot of the songs on the record we wrote just before going into the studio, so I had very little experience doing some of the songs. Now that we've been playing them live, they've been evolving and changing. That's just what the process of this record was. It was a really good mark of where we were at during the time that we made it.
There seems to be very intentional imagery associated with the band -- the album cover, the back cover, the insert. It feels like you're invoking a certain image or vibe. How did that play into the songs?
DH: I think it's a 50/50 thing with us being attached to and inspired by the imagery. It's all imagery from the Northwest: the Columbia River and shots from the coast. We moved here from New York and I think a big part of this record was us experiencing a change in our life and our surroundings. So, you know, that sort of spawned the idea. It's also us, you know, needing a cover. [Laughs] All of those images on the album cover and the press photos are shot on this infrared film that a friend of ours, Parker Fitzgerald, who's a photographer had. It's left over from Vietnam and they'd use it to shoot the jungles, and it would turn green things red. I guess that would help them to see weapons and stuff hidden in the jungle, and we had the idea to shoot these beautiful landscapes with the film.
It sort of evokes the old Wyndham Hill covers ...
SV: That was a direct influence.
DH: Totally. That was a starting point, and also old ECM covers were a big inspiration.
Visually, that ties you guys to a sort of new age element I hear in the music, too, a sort of "music as mood" motif. I think it fits the records in a natural way.
DH: It felt like a whole thing to us. The fact that the cover and the photos all come from one photo shoot, and the record session. In that sense we were striving to do something more like the way records were recorded in the past, in that sense. In order to make something that felt complete, and had that central feeling of "Here's the record, with all its flaws." It wasn't tinkered with endlessly in a thousand different ways. This is what we did.
Pure Bathing Culture is scheduled to perform Monday, October 14, at Rhythm Room.
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