Release Date: Jul 20, 2018
Record label: Domino
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
One of the more unexpected reunions of the 2010s -- and therefore all the more exciting -- on Across the Meridian Pram pick up as though a decade hadn't passed between it and 2008's The Moving Frontier. Of course, Pram's music has always had a nebulous relationship with time; it's difficult to say their sound hasn't aged a day if it's always been timelessly strange. Nevertheless, Across the Meridian is peppered with reminders of how distinctive and influential this band is -- before Broadcast and the artists on Ghost Box, Pram defined the essence of mysterious British electronic music.
Pram’s work across the last couple of decades shares that capacity, turning an apparent aesthetic dislocation into their most potent weapon. How else can one describe the appeal of a band creating experimental pop music with stylings from before pop took the shape we know? Across the Meridian, the Birmingham band’s first album in over a decade, provides a worthy new chapter to their 25-year career. In the smoky, jazzy vein of 2003’s Dark Island and 2007’s The Moving Frontier, the new album adds a dreamier hue to Pram’s palette.