Prinzhorn Dance School crafted this collection with a first-take kind of ethos, so that Home Economics does not lack in freshness. Released on DFA, this carries many of the familiar hallmarks of that label (such as a tight, funky rhythm section), but comes from this side of the Atlantic, giving a different angle.
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For some reason I thought Prinzhorn Dance School were a ‘dance’ band. Maybe it’s the word ‘dance’ in their name. You could dance to them I suppose but it will be a slow steady trot. They play spindly naked post-punk constructed out of the Fall -like basslines, simple guitar plucks and clattery drums. Over this are girl/boy vocals that sound like the XX’s sink estate cousins. They remind me of a whole slew of bands including ESG, Pylon, Joy Division and Young Marble Giants. The production is sparse and basic and although tracks like the opening ‘Reign’ have the exact same ingredients as goes into the XX pie this is somehow more gruesome and real - less polished. The album only has six songs, each unfurls slowly and atmospherically reaching a peak on wonderfully tuneful closer 'Let Me Go' which sounds like a lovelorn classic in the making.
The perfect monochrome accompaniment to driving around industrial estates on the edge of Manchester.
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