Prince Rama "Trust Now"
Paw Tracks PAW 37 CD/LP/Digital
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TRUST NOW is the keystone album of Brooklyn’s Prince Rama. The album takes the kaleidoscopic mysticism of ancient devotional music and focuses it through the fierce urgency and archetypal language of pop, forming an environment that is both accessible and impenetrable. Deep synths rise from a sparkling sea of gamelans and prayer bells as tribal drums pound the earth with the hypnotic power to heal or destroy. Voices carry captivating and haunting melodies that shine like the diamond jewels of old Bollywood soundtracks spilling over dark wave dance floors.
First conceived as a ritual to be performed live, the songs were fittingly recorded inside a 19th century church in Seattle by Scott Colburn (Sun City Girls, Animal Collective, Arcade Fire). As their 5th full-length album, and first as a duo, TRUSTNOW is perhaps Prince Rama’s most focused, cohesive and powerful album to date.
• North American press by Forcefield PR
• College radio promotion by Terrorbird
• LP comes with digital download card
• Extensive North American tour this fall
UPC cd - 677517103724
UPC lp - 677517103717
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Drawing from a collective mine
of times and spaces, Prince Rama (made up of sisters Taraka and Nimai Larson)
takes the threads of ancient symbolism and ritual and weaves a surreal universe
that is wholly their own. Their
often-unpredictable live shows graze the space between psychedelic ceremony,
performance art and initiation rite. TRUST
NOW, their 5th full-length album and 2nd album to be released on Paw Tracks was
born out of this fantastic ritual space. Spawned
from the vernal heat of the Florida swamps amidst swirling patterns of pine
orchards and pre-Columbian artifacts, Prince Rama was whispered into the ears of
Taraka Larson, Nimai Larson, and Michael Collins in the summer of 2007 by the
clanging of prayer bells and goat-skin drums.
They left the Hare Krishna farm where they were living to attend art
school and form a creative nucleus in Boston.
The visceral, devotional and raw “Threshold Dances” and “Zetland”
were released as the culminations of those early collaborations.
At this time Taraka also began working for the controversial visionary
artist Paul Laffoley, and inspired by his architectural diagrams of utopic
space, composed Architecture of Utopia. After
a series of extensive tours (one of which resulted in a tragic car robbery where
all their equipment got stolen), the trio moved to Brooklyn, rebuilt themselves
from the ground up and wrote “Shadow Temple”, which was released on Paw
Tracks in September 2010. Produced with the help of Avey Tare and Deakin of
Animal Collective, the album
A few months later, Michael
Collins took a hiatus from the band and the two sisters went on to refine and
reinvent their sound through the recording of TRUST NOW, recorded in a 19th
century church with Scott Colburn (Sun City Girls, Animal Collective, Arcade
Fire). Just this past year
Prince Rama was also chosen to be artists in residence at Issue Project Room in
Brooklyn, where they currently reside and continue their exploration of the link
between music and utopia, conducting group exorcisms to the score of old VHS
workout music and re-staging apocalypses through chopped and screwed pop songs.