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Brooklyn psych-rock outfit delivers a mind-altering gem on their debut album

Prince Rupert's Drops - Run Slow
(Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records)
3 1/2 stars (out of 5 stars)
Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2012
Prince Rupert's Drops

Review by Holiday Girod

I should probably preface this review with the statement that Prince Rupert's Drops is a band that certainly won't be for everyone. But then neither were groundbreaking outsiders such as The Velvet Underground, Syd Barrett or Captain Beefheart - just a few acts that you can hear the lysergic-tinged echoes from in this Brooklyn-based four-piece.

On their intoxicating debut studio album, Run Slow (which is also, coincidentally, the debut release from the NYC indie imprint, Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records) Prince Rupert's Drops turn in an impressive collection of songs that combine heady psychedelia ("Pillar To Post" and the deliciously disorienting title track) with scrappy, infectious late '60s-era garage rock ("Almond Man" and "This Evening's Arms"), trippy folk ("The Fortress") and jangly Technicolor pop laced with heavenly harmonies ("Plague Ride").

Driven by hypnotic, stabbing, angular electric guitar leads and otherworldly vocals that often threaten to drift off into the atmosphere like a cold morning fog, the bulk of these eight tracks are somehow all held together by a musical dynamic that is as tight as it is loose. While the album may be all over the map - sonically, vocally and stylistically, it's because of this that it feels so real, so organic, and so damn inspiring.

Turn on, tune in and drop the needle on this one (yes, it's on vinyl, as well as digital and cassette), it's a trip well worth taking for the musically adventurous.

Click here to order Prince Rupert's Drops' Run Slow.

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