Pure Bathing Culture’s new EP Carrido is out on Infinite Companion today, the two-year anniversary of Richard Swift’s death. Pure Bathing Culture’s Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman shared a connection to Swift beyond friendship; the band credit him as “a catalyst for the last decade of our lives, spent creating music as Pure Bathing Culture.” He was an essential proponent of the band and recorded both their self-titled EP and debut album. Because of this profound tie, Swift’s wife Shealynn invited Pure Bathing Culture to be the first to return and record at National Freedom, two months after the beloved musician, producer, and muse passed.
Swift’s ashes lovingly placed at the console, Pure Bathing Culture recorded four songs over four days, doing what they do best: transforming ever-present energies and unseen magic into a sonic experience. Carrido contains three brand new Pure Bathing Culture originals and a rendition of Swift’s “Would You?,” selected as an emanation of his outright love for his family. Sarah sings Swift’s timelessly sweet lyrics “Would you like to fall in love with me?” with an ethereal and almost mournful edge, like a whisper but glowing, as wistful and moving as a sound can be.
Pure Bathing Culture will donate 50% of all Carrido sales on Bandcamp through July 10 to Youth Power PDX, a Portland-based youth collective centering BIPOC and LGBTQ+ stories and voices through the crossroads of story, music, visual art and activism.