One of our favorite bands at last year’s Northside fest, Pure Bathing Culture are currently opening for a little band called Death Cab For Cutie. The kindred Pacific Northwest spirits are perfectly matched- Sarah Versprille’s voice is as distinctive and captivating as Ben Gibbard’s and Pure Bathing Culture as a whole possesses the same catchy, synth heavy, darkly optimistic stylings of their counterpart. It’s these qualities that provide for an effective cover in Elton John’s “Sacrifice.”
Versprille’s vocals are as clear and soulful as Sir Elton’s, but linger far longer on each note and slide. She seems less concerned with technical precision and more so with emphasizing the lyrics. While Elton John plays with the words, Versprille plays with the emotions.
Little ’80s-inspired effects are sprinkled throughout, which ultimately combine for an ethereal air. John gives us the shiny movie version of marriage while Pure Bathing Culture seems to be approaching the song from within the walls of the couple’s home.
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