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Album Review: Kingfisher by Prawn

Following up on a string of EPs and their debut album You Can Just Leave It All released in 2011, Prawn release their new album Kingfisher on the 14th August. Where previous releases were on the emo side of alt rock, Kingfisher has a more refined and developed sound – touching on indie pop at times, while retaining some of the post hardcore grit that made their previous releases so alluring.

Kingfisher will open prawn up to a whole new realm of fans. There’s some fantastic melodies and hooks scattered throughout, conversely it will also please fans of old with the vocal oozing post hardcore style passion. Album opener ‘Scud Running’ is delightfully poppy. It’s instantaneous and compelling with the trumpets towards the end of the track adding a dreamy new layer to their sound.

The strength of Kingfisher is displayed with the power of each track. ‘First as Tragedy, Second as Farce’ and ‘Prolonged Exposure’ are two very different tracks but sit perfectly beside each other. The former is closer to the Prawn sound of old, theirs angst in abundance and the guitar work resonates with emotion, while the latter is a beautiful and expansive number. ‘Prolonged Exposure’ has a Dinosaur Jr element to the vocal while the music veers into post rock territory before coming back to sound something like Brand New at their most delicate. The guitar work which rounds off the track is superb.

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‘Dialect Of’ is the standout track. It grabs you by the nether regions and doesn’t let go. The hooks and melodies are infectious and you’ll find yourself singing along to the fantastic chorus. The guitar work again strikes you, interspersing quiet and intricate riffs between riffs that emit raw energy. Once again this sits perfectly beside the mellowness of ‘Old Souls’. Just as you’ve made your decision that Prawn sound better with their more expressive louder tracks, the mellow tracks blow you away, their beauty is astounding.

The pairing of loud and quiet tracks continues with ‘Glass, Irony’ and ‘Absurd Walls’. Both tracks are superb with the former sounding like a raucous 90s indie rock track, while the latter’s sombre mood and mellow textures resonates chillingly. The intricate riff which brings ‘Absurd Walls’ to a close is glorious. ‘Thalassa’ sees the return of the trumpets for a raucous opening before developing into a emo tinged smorgasbord of hooks and melodies – you’ll be chanting ‘You found clarity in ambiguity’ in no time. ‘Runner’s Body’ and ‘Halcyon Days’ round the album off in real style.

Kingfisher may not be what you expected judged on previous Prawn releases, mainly due to the leap in quality. Utterly compelling from start to finish, Kingfisher draws you in, captivates with its differing layers and textures and leaves you with a feeling that you’ve listened to something truly special.
AD rating 8.5/10

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