Passion Pit making out with The xx while Ellie Goulding films things quietly in the corner.
Yes, Purity Ring's 2012 debut spanned divides thanks to the chirpy samples, bass-heavy beats and synth-driven choruses of stunners like Fineshrine and Lofticries.
Beloved by indie kids, dance DJs and rappers alike, there's plenty of pressure on the follow-up - and Another Eternity doesn't disappoint. The emotionally intense second offering from Canadian duo Megan James and Corin Roddick takes a darker turn, swapping throbbing dance beats for something far more intense.
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Try the gothic grind of Stranger Than Earth, which morphs from a gentle ballad into a storm of pulsating beats and synths, or Sea Castle, which erupts with a grimy flourish and a soaring chorus among the album's best.
It takes a sinister lyrical turn, too. "I cried till my body ached" weeps James over the grinding synths of Bodyache, while on opener Heart Sigh, a desperate and disturbing love song that is strangely uplifting, she sings: "I'll build a house around you, stir a moat until you drown."
Intoxicating and addictive in equal measures, Purity Ring have delivered a twisted headphone masterpiece well worth investing in.
Artist: Purity Ring
Album: Another Eternity
Verdict: Synth-pop duo dig deeper on album No. 2