Prayer Wheels – Spring – EP Review

The Canadian alt-rock outfit Prayer Wheels released the four track EP Spring on the 27th.

Prayer Wheels

Prayer Wheels

Their eclectic mix of music which stretches from abbreviated psychedelic meanderings to precise maths-rock is delivered by a rotating selection of the five players – making the band name Prayer Wheels seem like a perfect analogy.

Opening with Cavalier a grunting composition which minds me of trains jostling for position in a shunting yard as the fuzzy guitar is hammered into shape by a skin tight percussion whilst the vocal acts as the conductor of the toing and froing.

Next is Charlatan which is a track of more sedate opening as lightly fingered guitar is serenaded by tipping drum prior to dissolving into a garage fuzz, crystallising as a shoegaze echo, and do bear in mind this all happens within the space of one hundred and thirty seconds – my pick of the release.

The penultimate track on the ten minute Spring is Seesaw Sequence which sets as centre stage the chorus of voices that are the hallmark of their out-put in an angular rock number.

The closer – the lengthiest track on the EP – is the two and three quarter minute dystopian acid tripping Cormorant.

Spring is available on bandcamp.

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Band of the Month – February 2016 – Editors’ Choice

With thanks once again to all the music creators of the world for all that you do for the rest of us.

Time for the Editors’ Choice for Band Of The Month once again…

Charlatan - Photo by Jim Toohey

Charlatan – Photo by Jim Toohey

From the USA – Charlatan.

Supermax is available on bandcamp.

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Charlatan is the dark-wave project of Omar Rashan from Seattle in the USA.

Charlatan - photo credit Shane - Thee Lord Fotog

Charlatan – photo credit Shane – Thee Lord Fotog

If ever music needed flickering candles, a foggy night and a dank cellar Charlatan is the exemplifier. Swirling electronics weave mystical shapes in the shadows as the subsumed vocal spills forth around an echoing chamber with percussion unstoppably progressing like a poorly disposed oppressor, whilst guitar flays welts into the skin.

There is a sensual beauty in the grinding melancholia that strokes the ear as Charlatan delivers a subcutaneous injection of sounds that numb into the marrow-bones whilst massaging the membrane leaving the audience mesmerised by the combinations of the dark threatening menace while simultaneously wanting to hear more of the luscious dark purple textures.

With a catalogue dating back a few years, there is plenty to enjoy and the most recent addition, the ten track LP Supermax (available on bandcamp) is more than worthy of adding to the collection for moments when you are contemplating brooding introspection. Not something to take to put on a wedding celebration playlist, rather to enjoy in company with those of darker temperament.

Whilst any track is worth a feature I particularly enjoy Every War Is A Civil War with the additional rendition of pipes, which feature more prominently towards the latter moments, giving the track an even more spectral mood.


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