Harmonious pops from the ’60s and ’70s are splashed with golden optimism on the latest from New York’s Purr. “Take You Back” signals many cues from psychedelic pop, which isn’t unusual for childhood friends Eliza Callahan and Jack Staffen and their assorted singles. The infectious new cut is a dreamy, golden brick road that leads listeners to summery horizons, fittingly for the duo’s second musical project.
Dripping with a delightfully lethal hook, the immersion of falsettos and layered vocals by Callahan and Staffen bleed into each other — which is a personal favorite — and eerily shows no detectable sign of separation. The glistening, rustic horns and jubilant keys adds to the neo-psychedelic trip the two naturally gravitate towards. There’s no exhaustion from crooning to another, “so many ways to take you back,” with the blithe demeanor which glows from Purr.
And with this sense of joy, the duo’s own story falls in line. After sending their demos around they were offered their first show at Terminal 5 to open for Foxygen — which couldn’t be a more perfect fit — and catapulted the networking to record their forthcoming debut album. Purr performs as a 5-piece, with Maurice Marion on keys, Sam Glick on bass, and Max Freedberg on drums.
Cover photo: Kelly Degeer