Hail to the 'Two'! Some of the most wondrous things in this life come in pairs. Untangled earphones, Hands of a pianist, iPhones and their chargers, chopsticks and of course, couples who make music together.

Pure Bathing Culture are one part Sarah Versprille, one part Daniel Hindman and two part mesmerising. After dipping my toes into their debut album Moon Tides (out today), I seemingly have a Woody Allen/Diane Keaton-kinda-love for them both now. Richly lathered with sounds similar to the music of Durutti Column and Waxahatchee, this new offering has welcomed a preamble of 80's influencers and is most often weighted quite heavily by the sounds of the Cocteau Twins. It really is a directive of the "dream pop" genre, a title so often pinned to being unmemorable and fleeting. I started the automatic combing through of all 9 songs on the album and unlike other dream-poppers, I instantly felt the surge of the replay button and wanted to know more about Versprille's textured vocals and Hindman's unmistakable acoustic guitar.

We talk about the overwhelming level of involvement influencers had during the band's musical process, touring and the symbolism/imagery they so cleverly tackle with their art form.

Talent breeds talent. To his considerable credit, Andy Cabic, frontman for Vetiver the folk-pop San Fran band that Hindman and Versprille were originally a part of - has now become somewhat of a revisionist to the musical duo's movement toward a sound signified off of past collaborations. "We feel really fortunate to have had the opportunity to make music with a lot of talented people over the years" says Versprille. What with The Shins keyboardist and Foxygen producer Richard Swift grabbing a hold of the studio dominion again, Versprille explains that "to be around other people who were making music successfully helped instil an understanding in us that what you have to offer individually, is what matters and that your job as an artist is to commit to that and foster it carefully." These ideals have allowed the pair to bloom into their own full-bodied entity at an alarmingly rapid pace.

The bands natural recourse in the past was to work with a variety of influential and rather authentic musicians. This speaks loudly about the journey they have now taken together toward a new solidified and more definitive sound for the pair of them. It's calmingly clear that they strive to live along the same trajectory as their music - they are moving and growing at each stage of their musical careers, and this new offering breathes a new sigh of life for them. It all began when the pair notably moved from New York City to Portland which aided their musical process exponentially. "We found ourselves with a lot more space to work and be creative as the inspiration has come from a lot of places such as personal relationships, nature, mysticism, the zodiac and spirituality" says Versprille. Qualitatively and quantitatively, they're always saying a lot about their ideals and their beliefs be it instrumentally or verbally, they're inadvertently acknowledging that they neither live in isolation nor create music that evokes a sense of solitude.

The duo go on to express the truism about leaving New York and the close proximity to their friends and family that they no longer have the luxury of. In essence, family/friends are testifying influencers for Pure Bathing Culture and they have managed to become a coherent operative that stemmed from a collective of influencers and thoughts that they have been exposed to.

So, here we have a couple that live autonomously, with each other, while growing and learning from the hum of experiences they strategically place themselves in for the sake of their music. Sarah's voice lends itself effortlessly toward creating a strong interweaving relationship with Daniel's guitar throughout the album. I motion toward a myriad of assumptions based loosely around PBC possibly exploring things that co-exist particularly in two parts (Moon/Tide, Relationship, Pendulum). "Duality isn't something that we were intentionally exploring" says Versprille, "though as a two person song writing team the process certainly lends itself naturally to that."

With or without the intent to explore dualism through their music, the road of convergence for these two musicians has led to noteworthy outcomes. Having recently played shows with Dirty Projectors in Seattle and experiencing a rather fitting union with Father John Misty in Portland, Sarah chimes that "it was an honour to play with two amazing bands as we're really big fans of both of them and it was really nice of Josh to take us out on the road opening for him." It is a true testament when bands align with fellow musicians who are relevant and complimentary. Musicians who declare a shared sense of musicality and forge on to enhance this symmetry, will go further than others who focus solely on popularity and the necessity to experiment with a jaggedly unmatched collective, for experiment-sake.

The collection of tracks on Moon Tide is learned and erudite with twangs of mysticism permeating throughout. On the outset their heady themes can be incredibly difficult to explore in a popular song set for widespread, but they effortlessly involve the listener. Versprille testifies that songs like 'Pendulum, 'Dream the Dare', 'Scotty', 'Golden Girl', '721' and 'Twins', are the ones they most enjoy playing live - "pretty much all of them actually" says Versprille. With a delivery of wheezy tunes mixed with West Coast mystics it is no wonder that all the diatribes I had previously read about PBC were outlining the ideals of a band too sentimental and 'flighty'. With every listen, their misrepresentation is simply misunderstanding. Sure, they explore new age symbolism and are wholly affected by humanisms, transformation and the relationship between these two entities. But it in no way does it speak louder than their sound.

I couldn't help but conjure up visuals of white fluffy towels, Mediterranean tiled floors and steamed bath houses when prompted with their new band name. Relieving my uncontrollable imagination, Versprille helps by explaining that, "Dan's brother was studying abroad in Switzerland for his masters in Architecture and he relayed an experience he'd had at the Therme Vals Spa there." Apparently, after spending an entire day there in various mineral pools he found out that the last day was called (directly translated from German) the 'Pure Bathing Culture'. She recounts more of the story and how his last session included wading through different pools in complete and utter silence. This proved to inspire the muso-duo and the name stuck because "the spirituality and aesthetics of bathing culture in general and the places in which it occurs has come to mean something more to us" explains Versprille. Perhaps it's the co-existing action of something solitary that is experienced through a portal of a moveable and tangible nature - like water? It now seems fitting that they place elements of the Earth, like the Moon and the Tide right next to their band name. This pair are heavily intrigued by the relationship between these two entities so the 'push' and 'pull' of the melodies and production have solidified a new sound for them.

Similarly, just how a conversation the theoretical character of the Moon may have with its Tide; this symbolism is told through the unyielding progression heard throughout the song 'Pendulum'. Versprille's lyricism; "You're the cat's eye, you're the pendulum, when the orator says it's your time, you're the one" was produced by Richard Swift to have more of an emotive sense of fluidity to its approach. On the outset, it became very clear that their working relationship flowed from the core essence of Pure Bathing Culture and into the talented hands of their producer.

The clincher is that Pure Bathing Culture are pair of musicians that have entered into a truthful companionship with each other whilst exploring and acknowledging that everything is causal, easily affected and mouldable when stimulated. They showcase an illuminated understanding for being inspired and effectively stitch each memory and sound into a rather hopeful and healing album. Music is ultimately a companion isn't it? An all consuming relationship many people create, like the tides of the earth and the moon, magnetised by one another - this album happily invites a sense of self-reflection.


Pure Bathing Culture will debut their album live in London on the 25th September at The Waiting Room. Moon Tides is out now on Memphis Industries.