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The 50 Best Albums of 2012

29. Purity Ring, Shrines

Label: 4AD, Last Gang
Released: July 24

The buzz surrounding Montreal's Purity Ring began swirling in 2011 with the release of two killer singles, "Ungirthed" and "Belispeak." They would eventually land on this past April's Shrines, the duo's debut album.

What's most thrilling about the record is its aesthetic, and it's one that finds a middle ground between cloudy production with a thick low-end and swoon-worthy dream-pop. Frontwoman Megan James doesn't command your attention with her vocals or lyrics. Rather, she complements Corin Roddick's layered beats with a tender sweetness.

It makes for a truly engaging listen, and one that begs for repeated spins to fully digest everything coming it offers. -AM

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