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Top Five Fridays: PREE

June 20, 2015

Hey Folks,

Top Five Fridays (Or #T5F if you want us to be all hip and happening) is the part of the week where I come to you oh music fan and dearest of readers, bearing mighty gifts.  It is the part of the week where I present a fantastic musical act for your listening pleasure, and said fantastic musical act in turn provides us all with five records that they have themselves been digging.  Last week, you may remember, found us in Harrisburg PA (home of the legendary Jackson Burger if you are ever in the area) to listen to the hooky dream pop of Banners and Floats.  Today we find ourselves in one of my favorite music scenes, Washington DC, to experience the Technicolor Pop of PREE.  This is not our first time hanging in the nation’s capital, as we’ve already had a killer Top Five Fridays with Post Punks Two Inch Astronaut.

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I could not describe the sound of PREE any better than the band themselves already have: “Technicolor Pop.”  This is music that is big, bold, and bright.  Heck, just look at the album cover.  While some acts employ complexity as a means to distract you from the innate catchiness of their music, PREE manages to be simultaneously experimental and accessible from the start.  Take “Two Feet Shy” the opening of their brand spanking new record “RIMA” (named after a lunar fissure).  The layers swirl around your ears, the rhythms stop and start with giddy excitement, and singer May Tabol gets quirky and jazzy with the vocal lines, but amidst all of it I defy you to stop smiling.  PREE, even when the lyrics get heavy and they are challenging song structure, never cease being fun to listen to.  We are led on a merry chase, but we are never lost in the woods.  So folks, strap yourselves in and listen up to PREE’s Top Five Fridays!

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Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I sit and think, but sometimes I just sit

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We were initially struck by the singles from Courtney Barnett’s collection of EPs, with her wordplay, wit, and awkward laissez-faire radditude.  We have very naturally fallen in love with her new full-length, which maintains the same balls-to-the-wall attitude, but is further strengthened by the musicianship of everyone on the record.

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Blur-The Magic Whip

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This album has only gotten better the more we’ve heard it.  After each listen, another layer is presented.  It’s a dense record and a great inspiration because its hooks are supported by some extraordinary undercurrents that only surface with further listens in different places and situations.

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The line between being a touring musician and a drifter is pretty thin. Often when on the road, time, space and personal identity get lost in the fray of going from town to town. However, the excitement and intensity of the experience are often, remarkably, the very things that help maintain a relative level of sanity.  This record speaks to this juxtaposition really well.

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This record has a wonderful balance of heart-felt emotions and sonic annihilation.  Mike Hadreas’ voice echoes that of a forsaken angel – incredibly glorious but filled with pain and spite.  The bass tones and vocal effects are guttural and terrifying in the best way.

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Perfect music for road adventures, especially “Well Understood,” which can surely resonate with musicians or anyone who’s been asked by their parents when they plan on getting a real job.  The record is a solid combination of vintage production techniques and modern themes like the ambiguities of technological relationships.

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Killer selections!  Thanks for hanging guys!  The Courtney Barnett record is absolutely killer…as is her live show which I managed to catch this year.

Alright people, you know the drill: you can give PREE a like on Facebook, check out their tour dates, and buy “Rima” on whatever format your heart so desires on the band’s band camp.  The record is pressed on sea foam vinyl via paper garden records…how can you resist that?

Thanks for reading folks, remember you can catch up on all the Top Five Friday goodness in the archives, and be sure to tune in next week for a new installment!

well peace out good people of the world,

Peter Winter

Peter Winter’s girlfriend has only FINALLY gotten him to come round to the idea that pineapples on pizza are ok and don’t harm the pizza.  He’s on twitter Peterwinter38

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