When: Tue., June 4, 9 p.m. 2013
After three spins through Pure Bathing Culture’s debut full-length, Moon Tides (out August 20 on Partisan Records), you won’t be quite so vexed by the Portland-by-way-of-Brooklyn duo’s truly pretentious name—it has to do with a spa treatment involving a series of mineral pools at Therme Vals in Switzerland, or something. This is mostly because the band’s dreamy, hazy sound and stream-of-consciousness songwriting—it sometimes seems like Daniel Hindman’s lazily floating guitar never starts or stops but just always hangs there—would go well with soaking in a warm tub filled with eucalyptus flowers. Joke’s on me, I guess. Front woman Sarah Versprille often layers her vocals, which balance dark and eerie against soothing and enchanting, and the music morphs with nary a bump from rollicking southern folk (“Only Lonely Lovers”) to gloomy darkwave (“Scotty”). Pure Bathing Culture usually rely on a drum machine, but they’ll be touring as a quartet, with bassist Zach Tillman (brother to J. Tillman, aka Father John Misty) and drummer Bryan Wright. —Kevin Warwick Night Panther and Gold Cult open.