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Polaris Review – Purity Ring

As promised, it’s the countdown to the Polaris Prize Award ceremony, so I will be reviewing all ten nominees and their associated album. Below you’ll find my review, a rating (yes some of them will be expressions), my track on repeat, what made me love the album and something outstanding you need to check out.

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Artist: Purity Ring
Album: Shrines

Purity Ring is a band originally based out of Edmonton, AB which was formed in 2010. The band consists of Megan James (vocals) and Corin Roddick (instrumentals). Purity Ring released “Shrines” in July 2012.

Now that we’ve covered some background, let’s get to the meat of why you are here, let’s talk album review. I have to admit that for a long time I wasn’t a fan of electronic music, and I will attribute my conversion to the band Austra, and their 2011 Polaris Prize nominated album “Feel it break”. If that hadn’t have happened, I probably wouldn’t have fallen in love with this album in the first 30 seconds of the opening track “Crawlersout”.

This album is dark, and by dark I mean lyrically, but its counter balanced with a light, almost ethereal sound backing it on some tracks. Other tracks, like Grandloves, have a more R&B swagger, and it’s sexy… like dead sexy. But even with the change of feel as you make your way through the 11 tracks that make up “Shrines”, none feel out of place. Choosing a weak song is almost impossible.

Now I understand that this album will not appeal to everyone, but for me, definitely deserves to be on this list.

Rating: awesome.

On repeat: Fireshrine

Track that won me over : Crawlersout

What to check out: Grammy (Soulja Boy cover)

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The Polaris Music Prize

So it’s an exciting week for Canadian music! The Polaris Music Prize shortlist was announced! This is like Christmas morning for music nerds and I know personally I was watching the twitter feed with anticipation for the nominees!

For those of you who don’t know, the Polaris music prize honours, celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music. Polaris recognizes and markets albums of the highest artistic integrity, without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation, or sales history. it is adjudicated by selected music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers. The winning band also wins 30k, which is nothing to sneeze at!

Winners of the Polaris music prize in the past have included bands such as Arcade Fire and Karkwa, artists such as Final Fantasy, Feist, and Patrick Watson.

The 2013 crop of shortlisters is an impressive group of Canadian artists and bands, this years nominees are:

Godspeed You! Black Emperor, ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
Zaki Ibrahim, Every Opposite
Metric, Synthetica
METZ, METZ
Colin Stetson, New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
Tegan And Sara, Heartthrob
A Tribe Called Red, Nation II Nation
Whitehorse, The Fate Of The World Depends On This Kiss
Young Galaxy, Ultramarine
Purity Ring, Shrines

Now because I love all of you so much. I’ll be doing a complete shortlist album review. Yes that means I’ll listen to all 10 albums on this list and let you know my opinions. This will start a 5 week countdown to the award ceremony, which is always held in September.

So hold onto your hats kids, because next week we jump right in with a review of Purity Ring and Young Galaxy.