• Record Label: Partisan
  • Release Date: Aug 20, 2013

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. Aug 14, 2013
    It politely demands your attention; it wants to transport you elsewhere, to a place in which to daydream and reflect. Hindman and Versprille were absolutely right to go it alone; they’ve made a beautiful album.
  2. Q Magazine
    Aug 20, 2013
    A record of rivers and trees rather than streets and skyscrapers, it's a blissful and quietly cosmic experience. [Sep 2013, p.98]
  3. Aug 20, 2013
    Moon Tides is an assuredly confident move, and there’s so much to take in by this band. Even if they do more than tangentially sound a little like a certain Baltimore group.
  4. Aug 19, 2013
    Pure Bathing Culture borrows only the best elements from the Twins, then adds more than enough of their own style and vision to make Moon Tides a dreamy triumph that is both a great debut album and a tantalizing promise for the future.
  5. Aug 15, 2013
    Even when your attention starts to drift, your mind still stays within the psychedelic-tinged world the album inhabits.
  6. Uncut
    Aug 14, 2013
    A perfect summer record for those who found the last Beach House album too wintry. [Sep 2013, p.94]
  7. Aug 19, 2013
    In short, the band brilliantly harks back to the nearly forgotten art of blissful pop.
  8. Oct 21, 2013
    Moon Tides doesn't quite have the same lingering effect as Beach House's Teen Dream, but there's enough here to slide into a wonderful daydream for a half-hour or so.
  9. 70
    Moon Tides is a daydream, not a rollercoaster ride, and if you’re not enchanted with the album from its earliest moments you’re unlikely to find anything that will catch your attention down the line.
  10. Aug 19, 2013
    Whether it is a sense of longing or nostalgia at stake, Moon Tides is a solid, inebriating listen that will guide you through your personal transitions and leave you wanting for more.
  11. Aug 14, 2013
    The dynamic between the wobbly production and the sturdy songwriting defines Moon Tides, though I wouldn’t say it causes any tension. Conflict is clearly something avoided within the tenets of Pure Bathing Culture. But it does result in a listening experience that causes more ambivalence than it probably should.

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