Across the Meridian

Album Review of Across the Meridian by Pram.

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Across the Meridian

Pram

Across the Meridian by Pram

Release Date: Jul 20, 2018
Record label: Domino
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

70 Music Critic Score
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Across the Meridian - Fairly Good, Based on 2 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

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.

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Tiny Mix Tapes - 60
Based on rating 3/5
60

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.

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