Review Summary: A genre-defying jewel that is atmospheric and readily accessible.
The best music often transports us from our current location. At least from an emotional or imaginative standpoint, it takes an immense atmosphere or something deeply personal to alter our psyche. This feat can be accomplished in a variety of ways, but any band would be hard pressed to do it in as many ways
as Puressence does on their fourth LP, Don’t Forget to Remember
With Don’t Forget to Remember
, Puressence has not just transported the listener…they have created their own separate world. Here, romance saturates the air that you breathe. The clinks and clanks you hear on the street unite to form a dynamic orchestra that escorts you to your destination. Everything is interconnected, like a utopian society where the beauty of life and all of its perfections and imperfections are expressed through music. In this world, you can close your eyes and actually see more
. You can live in the music
as it flows through your very essence. Don’t Forget to Remember
transcends boundaries and makes you touch, taste, and breathe everything that you hear… Mudriczki’s stunningly smooth voice acts as a gentle caress on your skin, the decidedly progressive guitars and drumming is sweeter than chocolate, and the overall atmosphere is like a breath of cool air that fills your lungs.
Don’t Forget to Remember
offers multiple layers of jaw dropping sound quality that help to reinforce the album’s unbelievably engaging aura. The band takes influences from the likes of U2, Keane, and Radiohead...but at the same time they are completely distinguishable from all three. The songs are definitely rock-oriented, with an emphasis on Mudriczki’s lustrous vocals and the prevalent guitar/bass interplay. When they take more of a straightforward radio-friendly approach, they qualify as brit-pop or british rock. When they experiment with various effects and compose a tangible atmosphere, the music takes an edgier alternative direction. Don’t Forget to Remember
is a brilliant mix of Pursessence’s original traits and both classical and contemporary influences. One can’t easily classify Puressence’s music on this album, because it is so expansive and all-encompassing. The results reap at least a portion of each style’s benefits, as the record possesses catchiness, artistic swagger, and mind-stimulating ambiance.
This all-inclusive sound is an escape from reality that will never let you down. Don’t Forget to Remember
is experimental, uplifting, scenic, and entirely accessible. It is like flying high up into the clouds and looking down on the world below…let Puressence take you on their wings and soar through a sonic stratosphere full of peaks and valleys in tempo, varying landscapes of genre and influence, and most importantly, beautiful music that you can feel
every bit as much as the wind blowing through your hair.