What would have happened to the show Lost if it weren’t for DVRs? The unique facet of Lost was that it was truly a product of its time; had we not been able to fast-forward, pause, and obsessively re-watch episodes to find secret images and connections, the beauty and coherence of the show, the essential mystery, would have been, eponymously, lost.
In the context of DVRs, as well as music’s modern trends of amplified bass and a rampant disregard for the confines of genre, Purity Ring’s debut album Shrines makes perfect sense.
After spending the summer immersing myself in new releases, my experience with Shrines was surprisingly memorable. Sadly, the overwhelming volume of fantastic new music I wanted to listen to this summer left me little time to revisit any album, especially one that did not immediately strike me as especially significant or interesting.