Here at Mexican Summer came under the spell of the starry Kaplan sisters: Piper and Skylar, and their band Pearl Harbor, who graced the land with their beatific Something About the Chapparrals EP. But funny how time flies for the beyond their year siblings, as in 2011 Pearl Harbor changed their name to Puro Instinct. And Piper and Sky found themselves bolstered by four other bandmates: Cody Porter, Jessie Clavin, Mike Baum, and Crazy Murray to make their hazy, swirling pop even more realized and sumptuous. Think Fleetwood Mac, Bobb Trimble, and Lush in a champagne filled jacuzzi -but with a bit more sparkle and smog.
For Puro Instinct’s tasty first single “STILYAGI,” featured the helping hand of none other than fan and mate Ariel Pink, who took the group on tour supporting Haunted Graffiti. Mr. Pink’s background vocals ride the ambient rainclouds, drum machines and other sonic sparkles, all of it surrounding Piper’s dreamy voice as she promises: “Ooooo-ooooo Stilyagi!.”
With Puro Instinct’s full-length debut Headbangers in Ecstasy – “Puro Instinct sounds like a silver snake. Imagine if a snake hiss or a snake rattle was amplified or maybe microscopically analyzed and you drilled down in the tiniest nook of sound or just broadcast it big up into space. It would have to sound like California thrift store desert happy goth team Puro Instinct, nightgown sheen, creepy ouija board vibes sifting from the dark corner of the room.” -The Fader