Prime Junk’s anguished yet catchy pop songs are on full display on this new EP, recorded by Nick Ferrio and Sun Rarara’s Dan Jacobs.
Nat’s taunting, almost bratty vocal delivery remains, but what is immediately noticeable is that the noisy sludge that underpinned their music, both on Sunnyvale, their previous record, and on stage, is all but gone, replaced by clean guitars bathed in surfy reverb. The jagged chording is still there, and Prime Junk have clearly been paying attention at Lonely Parade shows, absorbing their friends’ compositional ambition and arranging savvy.
There’s a drowsiness to the delivery (a bit like Mazzy Star) that is nice and unexpected, but, as much as it’s nice to hear what’s happening, I think I miss the cacophony. As so often happens with ambitious musicians, Prime Junk have decided to escape Hunter Street, leaving a very clear vacuum, though Peterborough’s loss is undoubtedly Montreal’s gain.
Prime Junk’s Ladybird is available for purchase on Bandcamp.
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