Exposé Online banner

Nick Prol and the Proletarians — Loon Attic
((Not on label) Daba Da, 2017, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2017-09-06

Loon Attic Cover art

How often does it happen that something wonderful comes unexpectedly out of left field and really amazes you? Probably not often enough. When I started hearing about Nick Prol on Facebook, I had no idea what was going on, but the list of musicians involved in his project was impressive. Members of The Muffins, Thinking Plague, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, The Mercury Tree, Cheer-Accident, MoeTar, and more contribute to Loon Attic, and their participation alone bodes well for the quality of the result. The album does not disappoint, and the music actually does have commonalities with all of the players’ bands. It’s all mashed together into a tasty Prol Stew consisting of 23 relatively short tracks, the longest clocking in at 4:10 and with several under a minute long. There are elements of 5uu’s complex RIO songwriting, insane Cardiacs arrangements, Gentle Giant polyphony, goofball sampled voices and sounds, and more, making for one of the most creative albums I’ve heard in a long time. I suppose die-hard symphonic fans won’t find much to latch onto, but for listeners with the slightest taste for the offbeat, this is a smorgasbord of tasty tidbits. I’m reminded of the line from Elton John’s “Benny and the Jets” — “Oh, but they’re weird and they’re wonderful.” Nick Prol is both weird and wonderful, and this album is both challenging and entertaining from beginning to end. There are too many highlights to list, and if there’s a flaw, it’s that when a really cool idea pops up, they move on to another idea when they could have given us a little more. Incidentally, for those who already enjoy this album, some other recent releases along similar lines would include Ashley Reaks and Jim of Seattle.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): Bob Drake, Dave Newhouse (Manna / Mirage), Nick Prol / Proletarians

More info
http://proletarians.bandcamp.com/releases

Latest news

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more

2017-07-27
Yestival Dates Beef up the Beat – Word reaches us that Dylan Howe (son of guitarist Steve Howe) will be joining Yes on their "Yestival" tour, drumming alongside longtime band member Alan White. » Read more

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Whitechapel - Le Masque d'Arlequin – Yes, it's a French band that sings about a jester. To be honest, it's probably just the title track that's about the jester or harlequin in question, but it also has a jester's face on the cover. With...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues