Purple Pilgrims

Purple Pilgrims

credit: Olivia Renouf

Purple Pilgrims - Two Worlds Apart

Purple Pilgrims is the experimental dream pop project of Clementine and Valentine Nixon, a pair of sisters who explore the concepts of synthesized nature and ancient futurism in their music. The Nixons combine their crystalline vocals—which evoke the ethereal beauty and wisdom of legends like Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins—with gleaming synths and hazy guitars that sound both futuristic and eternal. On their earliest releases, Purple Pilgrims cloaked their songs in layers of lo-fi distortion. Gradually, they stripped the noise away on 2017's Eternal Delight (Not Not Fun) and 2019's Perfumed Earth (Flying Nun), both of which allowed their distinctive mix of folk inspirations and synthetic sounds to become as transporting as possible.

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Genre: Pop
Subgenre: Avant / Experimental
From: Coromandel, NEW ZEALAND