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|Title||ACROSS THE MERIDIAN|
|Catalog Number||WIG 434|
|Pram's striking new album Across The Meridian arrives 11 years after its acclaimed predecessor on Domino Records, 2007's The Moving Frontier. The time has been well spent and Across The Meridian is a celebration of much of Pram's iconic quirkiness, focused into a beautifully constructed and tautly produced soundworld. The band use a bewildering array of instruments and are unrepentantly unfazed by the possibilities of performing on anything and everything that seems appropriate. "It's not possible to develop a facility on every instrument we want to use" explains founding member and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Sam Owen, "so we simply don't worry about it and look instead for the initial thrill of discovering a new sound". As with previous albums, Across The Meridian mixes instrumentals and songs, weaving a gleeful path through the musical territory of film scores, 30s jazz, sun-drenched pop, electronica, and post-punk experimentation. Owen's haunting and wistful voice is set in a variety of soundscapes, sometimes appearing as a snatched fragment of the subconscious and dreamlike, at others crafting a story of longing or regret, drawing the listener into Pram's uncanny world through the mirror. Over the years, Pram have expanded their ideas to encompass disorientating shifts in mood and texture, which help make Across The Meridian one of the more original albums of 2018. The instrumental opener 'Shimmer And Disappear' is a storm of sounds, music and images, featuring a brass melody that come across like a 1960s film soundtrack to a scene in a bustling Moroccan market before leaping stylistic boundaries into a chorus like something Joe Meek might have cooked up.|
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