Pure Bathing Culture have shared their new video for “Dream The Dare,” off their recently released full-length debut Moon Tides. Directed by Hayley Morris (Iron and Wine’s “Joy” video), the visuals are made of stop-motion animation composed of stylized hand-made paper sculpted puppets and landscapes. Says Morris, “I wanted to create a highly stylized world, a mix of delicate organic and geometric shapes. The video was created all in camera and animated frame by frame with hand-drawn projected animations.” The pervasive image in the video is that of a raven, which in some cultures is seen as the mediator between life and after-life, a traveler between worlds. Others see the raven as a trickster, a messenger, or even the creator of the world. “Dream The Dare” employs this loaded character as a muse. Morris explains: “I wanted these projections to further the life of the world, and to leave the viewer wondering whether the hypnotic patterns are of this world or how the Raven sees it.”
Having backed folk rock revisionist Andy Cabic in Vetiver, New Yorkers Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman partnered up and moved West in 2011, settling in Portland, Oregon (Versprille also sings on Foxygen’s latest LP and Hindman adds his sprawling guitar work to Damien Jurado’s excellent Marqopa). Building off their past experiences as musical collaborators, in a short time the duo have created a sound that is undeniably their own: soaring synths, chiming keyboards, and shimmering electric guitars move in lockstep with bouncing drum machines. Sarah’s crystalline voice floats on top of it all with divine purpose. It’s a sound that looks back momentarily for inspiration — Talk Talk, Prefab Sprout, Cocteau Twins.
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