Friday, May 04, 2012

Album Review: Transmissions from the Grand Stand

Title:  Transmissions from the Grand Stand (Amazon, iTunes)
Artist:  King of Prussia (Facebook, MySpace, YouTube,, AllMusic)

King of Prussia plays dreamy pop music in the vein of The Beatles, or more accurately in the vein of John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance” (and it may actually be a bit closer to the 1991 remake).  Transmissions from the Grand Stand’s opening track and lead single “Oh Me” perfectly sets up the rest of the record with its sweet harmonies, luscious melodies, and dreamy and starry atmosphere.  In a lot of ways King of Prussia reminds me of bands like My Bloody Valentine and Lush, minus the wall of sound and feedback.  The rest of the album falls into the same pattern of airy vocals powering the harmonies with spacey guitars and sparse drums driving the melodies.  King of Prussia is obviously quite good at what they do and have put together a very well produced and executed record.  This one should be very popular with the indie pop crowd.     

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