Every week, a different FADER editor compiles a playlist to highlight a new release and give you a guide to that artist’s web of influences and peers. These Staff Selects live in our Spotify app, alongside GEN Fs from our archives and playlists for each issue. This week, it’s Duncan Cooper on Pure Bathing Culture.
The Portland duo Pure Bathing Culture’s great self-titled EP somehow evaded these pages when it was released this spring, but I’ve been playing and rewinding its temperate swoon a ton lately. Like some of my favorite producers—Air France, Southern Shores, Sun Glitters—the name Pure Bathing Culture also provides a nice image of their sound, and here I’ve tried to flesh out the microgenre it could inspire. Bouncy, ’80s-inspired songs for hot springs, plus a few mellower songs for when you need to dunk your head and shut everybody up.
Staff Selects Playlist: Pure Bathing Culture