Since their 2012 debut Shrines, Purity Ring has recorded playful, cross-genre collaborations with Danny Brown and Jon Hopkins and released a surprising Soulja Boy cover that still creeps into rotation on my playlist. Finally, though, they’re back to working on original material, and new track “Push Pull” provides a welcome preview of the duo’s upcoming sophomore album, which comes out next year.
Megan James’ vocals overlay Corin Roddick’s tinkling, synth-filled production to slightly more anthemic effect than we heard on Shrines. But their brand of pop remains pleasantly unsettling. And the lyrics maintain an interest in the body as a metaphor: “I crept up in you and I wouldn’t let go.” Listen below.