French Experimental Band Prism Release Entrancing Debut EP
All the way over in Annecy, France live a band called Prism comprised of a few sensitive musicians merging their skills to create dazzling soundscapes pulling from post-rock to shoegaze to pop and more. On their debut EP, In The Distant Haze, they offer six songs sung in English but flavored by a dark French flair.
In The Distant Haze opens with the entrancing instrumental “45°54'59"N6°8'51"E,” three and a half minutes of slow-moving sparkles that languish in barely-there nothingness before blossoming into a fuller composition of rapid-fire electronic textures and otherworldly shoegaze swells, leading directly into “Ghost,” built on reverberating plinks of guitar before breathy vocals come in like strands of wispy clouds. There’s a weight to this piece, heavy with sullen emotion and desperate pleas. On “Wood,” the EP’s lead single, Prism pick things up with shimmering pounds of percussion and a sweet rhythmic twang, one-by-one adding new sonic details to fill out a tender alt-rock piece touched by classic signatures — its instrumental conclusion is a stroke of genius, something you feel loud and victorious in your gut.
“Jörð” twinkles with a pretty piano intro before more of Prism’s talent begins to round out the arrangement with warbling bass blooms far in the distance, strong acoustic strums, and trembling vocals. “Prism” follows, the longest track on the record at nearly six minutes. Its instrumental component is stunning — once again, the band compose an enchanting arrangement of emotive shoegaze rhythms that grow in urgency and layers, devolving into glitching electronic chaos. In The Distant Haze ends with “Ghost (Unplugged),” a bare-bones take so gentle in its execution that you can hear all the tiny sparks and crackles and buzzes of acoustic beneath the best vocals on the whole EP, another tender conclusion to an EP steeped in endless beauty. In The Distant Haze is a skilled effort from Prism — it’s thick with emotion and detail sent swirling in the ether of its dreamy sound.
Listen to In The Distant Haze below and connect with Prism on Facebook.