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Princess Goes COME OF AGE

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Princess Goes COME OF AGE. So In De Goot

New York City-based Princess Goes (formerly Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum) is the trio led by the signature voice of vocalist, lyricist, musician and actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under, Lazarus) alongside keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen (Blondie, Cyndi Lauper) and drummer Peter Yanowitz (The Wallflowers, Morningwood). COME OF AGE is the band’s sophomore full-length record. Over the past few years the band has been touring, recording, self-producing and released a self-titled EP in April 2020 and a full-length debut, THANKS FOR COMING, in 2021

“mix of glam, dreamy ’80s new wave, acoustic folk, Nine Inch Nails intensity.” - Associated Press
“palpable theatricality” - Billboard
“a terrific record; intense, epic” - The Telegraph
“The music sizzles with tension, subtly pivoting between ’80s darkwave and simple synth pop.” - Consequence Of Sound
“An unexpected album full of Underworld-style bangers.” - NME
“Hall’s voice is unmistakable; stage-crafted and tightly enunciated, but with audible cynicism…Even the band’s name has a kind of fragile grandeur; the melodrama of their songs tempered by.” - The Line Of Best Fit

Live Tickets:

https://earthackney.co.uk/events/princess-goes-8th-oct-earth-london-tickets-braqx/

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Here Songs Here:

https://onerpm.link/shimmer_
https://onerpm.link/blur
https://onerpm.link/PrincessGoesJetpack
https://onerpm.link/comeofage

Listen to Princess Goes’ brand new album, COME OF AGE, out now via all DSPs here: https://onerpm.link/comeofage

Speaking on the title-track track itself Yanowitz says:

“This beautiful track came out of Matt Katz Bohen’s incredible imagination. In Princess, we love the band Future Islands, and I think you can hear their influence in this tune. These are among my favorite lyrics Mike has written…too many lyrics to mention here, but one that sticks out to me is ‘Admit you wanna see me go down.’ I really love the sentiment and the way the line unfolds in the delivery. I believe Mike intended it one way, but I also think about that line in the bigger picture, how so many people seem to want others to fail, maybe even want us to fail, and the delivery is seasoned with just the right amount of attitude…like you can be a hater, but we don’t give a fk…deal with it. One nice touch is that we recorded that distortion live on Mike’s vocal. It wasn’t an effect added later…the distortion is married to the performance. For the production geeks…the pre-amp we used on Mike’s vocal was an Avalon 727. The original song all started with a discarded Yamaha synthesizer Matt found in the garbage on the street in Brooklyn.”

Review

This is is the trio’s most accessible, yet innovative work to-date, replete with songs that traverse a thrilling and often surprising sonic and lyrical landscape. There’s a clear cohesiveness to the 12 songs on the album that manage to be all at once catchy, soundtrack-y musicscapes for the ages, synth-heavy but multi-faceted. The opening track immediately provides evidence that this is to be no ordinary record. ‘Offering’ opens with an unearthly buzz before entering into an eastern religious chorus before it rocks out with thumping backbeat and wonderfully clear vocal. It’s a brilliant start! ‘Let It Go’ u[s the pace somewhat with racing keyboard notes with drums following closely and a vocal that matches pace and passion. ‘Blur’ slows to glacial pace with a Hammond drone as backdrop before the song opens out briefly and then pulls back to its original slow pace. Throughout melodies are strong, pace and vibe varies nicely but while managing to maintain the band’s distinctive musical signature. Hall’s voice is a revelation as it adapts to every musical sound and message. And it’s because the record is chock full of great music that I found it difficult to pick favourites but the  dark and menacing ‘Glasswing’ comes close (it also exhibits the range of Hall’s voice as it wanders magnificently upstream).

For me, this could well become my record of the year - it’s that good.

5/5

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Tracklisting

01. Offering
02. Let It Go
03. Blur
04. Come Of Age
05. Shimmer
06. Jetpack
07. Glasswing
08. Take Me Home
09. Beija
10. Saving Grace
11. Whatever Whispers
12. Floating

https://princessgoes.com/
https://www.facebook.com/PrincessGoesOfficial/

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