By: Heather Dunmoyer
Long anticipated, Purity Ring dropped Another Eternity, three years after the Canadian duo, Corin Roddik and Megan James blessed our ears with their debut album, Shrines. Instantly, Another Eternity starts off with Heartsigh and the familiar synth and swells of Purity Ring are there, but seem more overshadowed by the pop-sounding beats. The lyrics in Another Eternity reflect a more tangible and emotional side to lyricist, Megan. She focuses on romance and her more personal experience with relationships. Stillness in Woe captures Megan’s metaphorical lyric style that really exemplifies Purity Ring’s first album. Megan’s lyrics in Another Eternity are complex and pack a beautiful emotional punch that is better understood than Shrine’s past tense recollections.
Megan builds on the common theme of broken relationships to craft countless metaphors that present themselves beautifully in Another Eternity. Previously, Shines’ lyrics were lifted from Megan’s personal diary entries that created the anatomy-filled, creepiness that really gave Shrines its unique character. Though this created a very complex and recognizable style to Purity Ring, it can be uncomfortable to sing along to, and hard to appreciate. Another Eternity puts Megan’s metaphors in context with the present and the lyrics strike a deeper emotional cord that fit together nicely, and are more relatable.
Another Eternity takes the originality and unique style of Purity Ring and molds it into an album that is easier to listen to and will open doors to a wider audience. Though this can bode well for Purity Ring, previous fans might be disappointed by the evolution into a more “current pop” sounding album. Shrines has been scaled back and stripped down to create Another Eternity, or a more danceable, pop album by Purity Ring. Any fan of Purity Ring can appreciate Megan’s metaphorical lyrics and Corin’s synth-pop swells that Another Eternity delivers, though the complexity and originality of Shines is lacking from this duo’s latest release.
Honorable Trackz: Sea Castle, Flood on the Floor, Stillness in Woe