Who Is Afraid Of Blue?

  • Released: 02/06/2023
  • Label: Anti
  • Genre: Indie

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The two previously worked together as Jack + Eliza, but while that project
emphasized spare and stripped-down accompaniment, Purr's recordings feature
a fuller sound with a larger palette of instrumental flavors that often references
'60s pop. Purr introduced themselves to the world with a 2018 single, "Bad
Advice" b/w "Painted Memory," that showed off their talents as both writers and
vocalists, and they further refined their style on their first full-length album, 2020's
Like New and continue that on forthcoming album Who Is Afraid Of Blue?

To make it, the duo teamed up with their close friend, producer Jonathan Rado
(Weyes Blood, Father John Misty, The Killers), whom they worked with on 'Like
New.' They went to his North Hollywood studio, a small building behind his home.
This was during Omicron, so they kept recording small, just the three of them in a
room for most of the time. Programmed drums on an 808, that kind of thing.

While they recorded, they screened movies. Ranging from Barbara Loden's
Wanda, to Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia, to Dr. Strange and The Avengers. It
all provided texture to the songs. Like making a score. "It's a really hermetic
record," says Staffen, "which ended up feeling really special."
Sonically, Who Is Afraid Of Blue? isn't beholden by genre. It is an omnivorous
record -- you can hear glimmers of Aimee Mann, Radiohead, the Cocteau Twins
which is fitting because Blue is in some ways a record of their process of falling
in love with music all over again.


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