Pure Bathing Culture’s hallucinatory stop-motion animated “Dream The Dare” video

By on October 7, 2013

Pure Bathing Culture are excited to share 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 — but then fixes its gaze firmly on the present.

Tour Dates:

10/10 – Visalia, CA – The Cellar Door

10/12 – Tucson, AZ – Solar Culture

10/13 – Albuquerque, NM – Low Spirits*

10/14 – Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room*

10/15 – San Diego, CA – The Void*

10/16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo*

10/18 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel*

10/19 – Davis, CA – Sophia’s Thai Kitchen*

10/21 – Eugene, OR – Cozmic Pizza*

10/22 – Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl*

10/23 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey*

10/24 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar*

10/25 – Boise, ID – Neurolux*

10/26 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge*

10/27 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge*

10/28 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown*

10/29 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews*

10/30 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry*

10/31 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s*

11/1 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch*

11/2 – Toronto, ON – Silver Dollar Room*

11/3 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore*

11/4 – Winooski, VT – The Monkey House*

11/5 – Cambridge, MA – TT The Bear’s*

11/6 – New Haven, CT – BAR*

11/8 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom*

11/9 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe

11/11 – Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub

11/12 – St Louis, MO – Old Rock House

11/13 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar

11/15 – Missoula, MT – Top Hat

*= w/ Widowspeak




Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.