An Interview With Dream-Pop Lovebirds Pure Bathing Culture

In life, you occasionally come across someone who appears to have it all figured out. Even more rare is the couple that appears likewise. Especially endangered, though, is the artist about which one can say this. So an artistic couple working together with such seamless confidence—as Pure Bathing Culture does, delivering a stellar set at Mercury Lounge two weeks ago—is not a discovery to take lightly. The duo’s chiming, beautiful, full-length debut, Moon Tides, arrives in late August, but they’re already touring the country, and we had a chance to ask some questions about their travel soundtrack, among other topics. Check out their answers and listen to first single, “Pendulum,” below.

Looks like your tour is about to take you across the U.S., with plenty of stops. Which are you most looking forward to?
We’re really looking forward to all of it, but we’re especially excited to play our first headlining show in New York City. 
You’re musical collaborators, but you’re also a couple—how does that change the process?
We’ve been a couple for the entire time we’ve been collaborating, so it’s hard to say what it would be like if we weren’t. 
What is the effect you’d like your forthcoming album, Moon Tides, to have on a listener?
We just hope that people will take the time to listen to the music and if they do, that they have their own personal experience with it. 
Which bands or records are you listening to as you travel?
Prefab Sprout, Kendrick Lamar, JJ Cale, Ray Lynch: Deep Breakfast, Ralph Towner, Peter Gabriel, James Blake, Keith Jarrett. 
Finally, are there any existing lyrics you sometimes wish you had written?
“Star Spangled Banner” and the chorus of “Back Seat Freestyle.”
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