Monday, August 8, 2016
The Prophet Hens - The Wonderful Shapes of Back Door Keys
After multiple listens, I cannot identify a song that stands out from the others, but that is true only because the songs all have such adeptly layered emotions and elements, such perfectly blended melancholy and hope, that each listen reveals new joy. At various points my favorite song has been "Drunk In A Park", "Basically", "Only One", "Songman", and "Popular People". I'll listen again tonight and may well find a new candidate ("I Might Not Be Right" is trending heavily). The overall feel of the album is uplifting, to no small degree owing to pace of the tracks and the rich detail in the arrangements. We don't want to put scandalous notions in the heads of indie guitar pop fans, but you could even dance to this album.
The Wonderful Shapes of Back Door Keys is released by Dunedin's Fishrider Records, but for fans in the UK/Europe it is jointly distributed by Occultation Recordings. North American fans can buy physical copies from Jigsaw Records and Midheaven soon, and if you can't wait, order from Fishrider and have it shipped. You can stream the entire album at the Bandcamp link at the bottom of this post.
The Prophet Hens are Karl Bray (guitar/vocals), Penelope Esplin (keys/vocals), Robin Cederman (bass), and Ben Morton (drums).
Bandcamp for The Wonderful Shapes Of Back Door Keys