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PREMIERE: PRISM drop eight minute psych-tinged slow burner

Thursday 27th February / presented by Teri Campbell

Allow us to introduce you to PRISM – a four-piece psych rock outfit out of Sydney, who, according to their band bio, are "pushing boundaries of what is acceptable to be released as music".

PRISM lead singer and guitarist Nelson August isn’t too sure who wrote that bio, but he does say that what they’re making is more than just music; that it’s intricate sound design, it’s stories. That’s pretty evident on their new single, Seasons.

Recorded, mixed and mastered completely by the band themselves, the track, according to Nelson, sticks to the psych tinged sounds of previous singles. But within the seven-minute slow burner lies a groovy, building intro, massive choruses and a “build-up at the end, which we can just go wild for... and you have no idea what's going to hit you at the end,” Nelson says. It’s rhythm heavy and drenched in dreamy and emotive lyricism, inspired by the rap music Nelson was listening to around the time it was put together. Ultimately, the melody and base of the chords were born out of a garage jam, and the lyrical concept was born out of a mundane morning for Nelson, where he reflected on the cyclic repetitiveness of day to day life. He took this observation and transformed it into a story about a sailor lost at sea, unable to determine what is real and what’s an illusion. He says it’s a blast to play during their energetic live shows.

Seasons is the “pinnacle song” of their upcoming debut album, Isometric. Like the new single, the album is concept-driven too. Nelson says they were heavily inspired by Pink Floyd and how they arrange albums. With that inspiration in tow, the release will boast 11 tracks that flow in to one another, and let us in on the journey of the sailor we meet in Seasons. We can expect a sample-heavy release featuring soundscapes and interludes that’ll of take us to the places in the songs. Nelson let us in on one song in particular in the middle of the album that’s just him and his acoustic guitar, “but we have like a whole nice forest soundscape underneath,” he says, “it's all about getting to imagine where I'm playing the music, as opposed to just being a regular old song.”

The albums release is a couple of months away, but Seasons is a great taster of what’s to come. The boys have put heaps of work in to their debut and they’ve been at it for a long time. “Because we're working on it ourselves, we don't give ourselves deadlines because we want to make it all perfect,” Nelson says. Once it’s released, the plan is to “play and play and play,” with proper introduction of PRISM to Perth through a tour a huge goal for the band. In the interim, enjoy Seasons.

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