Over five releases, the raga-intoning, Hindu-mystic enthusiasts (and Stereogum40 alum) Prince Rama have honed a droning, modal sort of shambolic rock that hews toward the celebratory, incantory, shamanistic, etc. On their next album, the Brooklyn-based group promise an expanded palette of genre tags — “cosmic disco, motorcycle rock, new-wave grunge, tribal goth, Arabic pop, and ghost-modern glam” amongst them — as they channel the ghosts of ten different pop bands that died during the apocalypse. (By the way, recently we suffered the apocalypse.) The concept allows the band to sun-salutation their way out of the corner they’d backed into, but despite the breadth of style signifiers, they’re keeping the co-signs and production personnel highly Paw Tracks-fam: recording with Tim Koh in Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti’s studio, mixed by Scott Colburn (Animal Collective, Sun City Girls, Arcade Fire), etc. That’s the album cover above, with Prince Rama all dressed up like Motel Memory, one of the highly popular bands we lost during the apocalypse.
Top Ten Hits Of The End Of The World is out 11/6 via Paw Tracks. The tracklist is evocative:
01 “Blade of Austerity” – Guns of Dubai
02 “Those Who Live For Love Will Live Forever” – I.M.M.O.R.T.A.L.I.F.E.
03 “No Way Back”- Nu Fighters
04 “So Destroyed” – Rage Peace
05 “Receive” – Taohaus
06 “Radhamadhava” – Goloka
07 “Fire Sacrifice” – Black Elk Speaks
08 “Welcome To The Now Age” – Hyparxia
09 “Exercise Ecstasy” – The Metaphysixxx
10 “We Will Fall In Love Again” – Motel Memory