Psychic sisterhood and wistful wanderlust are the twin energies feeding lush ceremonial dream-pop duo Purple Pilgrims. Raised itinerantly in Hong Kong and on New Zealand’s South Island, with deep backgrounds in folk music (their great-grandfather was recorded by Alan Lomax), Valentine and Clementine Nixon adapted by devising their own telepathic inner worlds. In China they began performing crouched sets of gauzy, angelic noise, subsequent tours of Europe and America alongside Yek Koo, Gary War, and Ariel Pink helped hone their sprawling, choral haze into leaner, more mantric forms.
“On a first listen, a flurry of adjectives flow: ghostly, hazy, ethereal, mystical, angelic, spectral, sensual. A quick poke through the press materials reveals everyone has said the same. A victory for Purple Pilgrims in crafting a record so steeped in a specific mood that readings of it are firmly reined in” -The Guardian (UK)
Eternal Delightis a masterful full-length debut from a very in-tune duo who have honed their recording and performance skills across several limited edition cult releases.. An exercise in crystal-toned psychedelic dream-pop excellence” -The 405
“Purple Pilgrims' sheer, lapping sound worlds, melded with ghostly vocals, are the sound of traversing unknown distances; the melodies are choral, but feel solitary too. ’Skin Sight' could well have been Laura Palmer's funeral dirge, its picked surf guitar reminiscent of the way that Lynch and Badalamenti were able to conjure something glorious and unsettling all at once” -The Quietus (UK)
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