Prinze George - Illiterate Synth Pop

by Diana Aqra Rating:10 Release Date:2016-08-05

Prinze George’s Illiterate Synth Pop unwinds and uplifts. If they continue like this, they will be well-known legends. Prinze George is really aiming for perfection in this tightly woven electric synth, vocal and percussive record.   

I see the image of heaven in this talented trio, Kenny Grimm (production), Naomi Almquist (vocals), and Isabelle De Leon (drums). Their debut release is a remarkable recording, recently done in Minneapolis, Minnesota, showing the success they have achieved since their origin in 2013 Prince George county, Maryland.

Almquist’s voice is sultry like Lana Del Rey’s, but her style and lyrics are beyond the petty things; every song is serious and compassionate. “Gonna get you out of here,” is the clear message to get out of any dark place one might be in, out of the fog and into the light. In this song, De Leon is true marcher, carrying a hard drum line that really keeps the belief alive.  

Songs with little to no drums at all, however, like, 'Lights Burn Out' and 'The Water Main' symbolize all walls falling down. Almquist declares that her walls “might just break down.” Subsequently, and hopefully for you, too, “nothing’s gonna run the same."

You might think of this group as an angelic marching band when you hear 'Angels', whom they say are “walking among us.” This song has dramatic purposefulness extending so far beyond just music. It is impossible to not love all the workings of the technically flawless and tenacious vocals, life-like lyrics, and sparkling, magical warmth in each of the 10 perfectly composed pieces.   

Lyrically delving deep into the soul (something close to the obscurity and profundity of Little Dragon), it is loud and quiet at the same time, pulling at your heart-strings and lifting you to a higher place. 'Freeze' is a good example. Gladly, you can “freeze together, rise together” with this electrifying band. “Its better that way,” they say. Yes, it is better that way.

'Move it', the opener, is perhaps the best song on the album. Her thrice repeated incantations at the end of each two-line stanza drive the message the band’s got nothing better to do but “wish you well”: "Tellin’ you’re stuck in the mud/ move it, move it, move it/ Always playin’ too hard to love/ Lose it, lose it, lose it/ There’s a better place for us/ Choose it, choose it, choose it/ There’s a better place for us/ Prove it, prove it, prove it."

The best part of 'Move it' is the sporadic melodic combination of several overlaying voices “oooh”-ing and “aaah"-ing to bridge the verses together then underly the chorus until the end. You will sing along if you have that light inside you.

All these songs will ring something true for you. Most of them are extremely uplifting but realistic. They have used their talent to create a believable story about love, pain, and true spirit all in one album.

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