The U.K.’s Purson announced they are joining forces with Spinefarm Records to release their second studio album, Desire’s Magic Theatre, this fall. In the meantime, Purson will spend their summer playing several high-profile festivals and shows, including Download in the U.K., playing Donington Park for the first time.
Vocalist and guitarist Rosalie Cunningham said the album has turned out to be all she expected and more in a press release announcing the collaboration. She even compared the band’s sound — which mixes folk, prog, psychedelic, gothic and classic rock — to some rather legendary musical icons in her homeland.
“My world has been so consumed by [the new album] that I’ve barely been able to reflect on what it has become: a technicolor variety show, a playful display of the musical whims only briefly hinted at in our previous work; a psychedelic rock opera dedicated to our good friends Sarge Pepper and Zig Stardust.”
Cunningham also attributes the creative success of Purson’s latest album to the personal growth the band has undergone, and the fans who have supported them.
“The twists in the tale have been carved out by the path we’ve taken over the last 12 months. It’s been constantly shape-shifting and developing with all the wonderful experiences we’ve had. On behalf of the band, I give thanks to everyone who has bought a Purson record and been to our shows. Your continued support means everything… and you have our promise that the best is yet to come.”
Purson remains in the studio studio putting the finishing touches on Desire’s Magic Theatre for the Spinefarm/Machine Elf Records release, with Spinefarm Records General Manager U.K. Dante Bonutto heaping praise on Purson as one of their early fans.
“I’ve been following Purson since the early days of their career, and I’ve always considered the band something special; I like their vision, their theatricality, and their refusal to be corralled by a single musical genre. Purson really do have an expansive approach to their craft, and as a song-writer, Rosalie is a unique talent on the rise. In all ways, their future is bright, and I’m delighted that Spinefarm and Purson have now forged this fresh alliance.”
Purson, consisting of Cunningham, guitarist George Hudson, bassist Justin Smith, and keyboardist Sam Shove have earned a Classic Prog Awards nomination in the “Limelight” category for emerging talent, as well as opening for the likes of KISS. They’ve previously released an EP, In the Meantime, and their first full-length album, The Circle and the Blue Door, earned praise from many music critics, including Classic Rock Magazine.
“Prog, psych and pop are just some of the ingredients stirred into the cauldron that is Purson’s striking debut album. Cunningham’s sense of drama brings gothic gravity to a raft of songs which, while catchy, are rooted in the doomier soil of rock’s garden.”
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