Prismatics have today released their new album titled ‘Endlessly’. I will start this review by simply stating that this is a beautiful album. Plain and simple. It has that lush personality filled with harmony and originality that only comes from a group of artists with the same vision. That vision that says the music comes first. And, coming from someone who reviews music every day, that is a deep and bold statement.
‘Endlessly’ is one of those albums you can either play in the background while you are working, or listen with headphones with a bottle of Merlot. Either way, it will make your day memorable. You will walk away with a better sense of self.
Listen for yourself.
Prismatics is a Missouri-based four-piece influenced by the new wave, dream pop, and post-punk movements before them, but informed by harrowing realities of modern life around them. Earlier this year, vocalist/keyboardist Brooke Austen, guitarist/vocalist Josh Clark, bassist/vocalist Jo Bossi, and drummer Ben Stenberg were set to record the follow-up to their 2018 debut New Emotion when coronavirus took hold.
“Much of the songwriting process began shortly before the pandemic took place,” Austen recalls. “When the time came to record, we found ourselves miles away from each other and operating remotely.”
Relying on a self-described Frankenstein’s monster of recording setups, the band had no choice but to try their hand at recording separately from their homes, eventually forming the songs on this January’s Endlessly EP. Pulling from miscommunication in the social media age, the dichotomy of passive people turning into agitators online, and a longing to be authentically known, Endlessly channels the pop leanings of new wave greats Blondie with the left-field experimentalism of cult acts like Suburban Lawns and and Echo & The Bunnymen.
Where its first single “Outside Looking” barreled out as an all-too-relevant post punk anthem for craving escapism after a period of isolation, “Every Smiling Thing” summarizes the charm of Endlessly as it tests the band’s ability at effortless dream pop while examining everyday magic amidst universally dire times.
“Every Smiling Thing grapples with ascribing supernatural meaning to both deeply healing and unexplained phenomena in life, as well as the seemingly mundane and even foolish,” Austen says. “What are the repercussions of seeing magic everywhere? What are the repercussions of never seeing magic at all? It’s about challenging both the reckless dreamer and the hardline logician.”