Prairie WWWW are a Taiwanese band with bold instincts and an experimental approach to folk sounds. Their Wu Hai EP slinks around musical spaces that often lapse into ambient, but might also evolve into poetry, flute / synth tunes, or percussive marching. Well worth turning an ear to this group, they are doing interesting things. Issued by Guruguru Brain.
Vinyl LP £23.99 GGB-010LP
LP on Guruguru Brain.
CD £14.49 GGB-010CD
CD on Guruguru Brain.
Guruguru stamped themselves on my heart with the lovely ‘House in the Tall Grass’, a record via affectionately psychedelic band Kikagaku Moyo, who liked to wail solos as much as they did farm folk. This is, of course, a very different musical proposition: Priarie WWWW are a multi-obsessed experimental band from the Taiwanese capital of Taipei, where they mix folk, psychedelics, drone and general chit-chatter. The foreboding drone percussion of “Shapeless Beast” is an interesting mislead into a record a lot more jitter than it is still, a record that glides through motifs rather than stagnating in just one.
Melding poetry with psychedelic thrust, this record buries most of its narrative in lo-fi so that what you hear is a mere emotive overview. “Eyewood” coats its vocals in scuzzy distortion and a full-bodied drumbeat, while “Moon” is full of lightning-fast exchanges in a bunker underneath a pavement of shoegaze. It sounds, as a result, extremely ghostly, like you couldn’t get any further away from the conversation without it fading out completely. “Callous” could make an entry in fake Norman genre crystalwave, its sharp, glacial drone meeting lo-fi crackle and dissonant recordings in a nice mix of celestial and cracked.
Final track “Wu-Hai” sees the band really coalesce on something big, bold and proggy, the eleven-minute jam of tinned percussion and wailing bell sounds making for a kind of ascendent march. It doesn’t go anywhere in particular but it sees a band of many talents commit to one more extensively. Hope to hear more from them.
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