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Prawn – Run

 

Prawn – Run

Although they were formed in 2008, I must admit that I have not ever heard of Ridgewood quartet Prawn, even though they have released two full-lengths, two EPs and three singles in their emo, post-rock style since their inception.

This new record ‘Run’, which will be released on 22nd September by Topshelf Records, was recorded in the space of two weeks in a lake-side studio retreat; however the actual material was written over the course of two years. In my honest opinion, the short production time markedly shows throughout the release; and I found the album dull and somewhat uninspiring.

Though first track Hunter starts the release with promise, with a slow atmospheric intro firing into the wholesome sound of bass and percussion, soft acoustic guitars layered over the top of the rhythm section with the nasally vocals. Snake Oil Salesman is more of the same, though is slightly heavier and more aggressive than the former, in a way reminding me of a sub-standard version of the music I grew up with; such as Sum 41, Blink and Green Day. North Lynx starts in much the same manner as Hunter, with the percussion and bass sounding positively dreamlike and out of this world. This is one of the only tracks on this album that got me jamming with the intoxicating bass line from Ryan McKenna and Tony Clark’s vocals.

Next track Cricket in the Ward is more lively than the former tracks, full of enigmatic vocals and more strong percussion. It is interesting to hear emphasis put onto the rhythm section than guitars, though the harmonies and vocals that overlap seem to be well compiled. Hawk in my Head follows a similar vein, though with more strong percussion and guitars that feature more heavily with a harmonic riff over Clark’s distinct nasally vocals.

Whilst the music is well-crafted and the talent in the band easily shines through the release, it is not an album that enthralled me much. In my opinion, it does not feature many stand-out songs or sections within that particularly strike a chord with me. Although the track Empty Hands is heavy and more enigmatic than the previous tracks; being the best track on the album does not bode well for the rest of the release. I struggled to maintain interest throughout my listening session for ‘Run’; with the tracks failing to fully capture my attention – the whole release sounding like it would better serve as elevator music than gracing home speakers or on a live stage. Apologies, but I am afraid this album from Prawn did not float my boat at all.

Niki Flynn

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