Prklz — Deuce
(Music Is Intelligence WMMS 061, 1995, CD)
by Mike Grimes, Published 1996-08-01
A unique blend of many different influences, Prklz mixes their music up with lots of drastically different styles, often within the context of one song. Perhaps due primarily to their guitar / bass / drums trio lineup, Prklz has at least an occasional sonic resemblance to Rush – especially on parts like the beginning of "Can't Get Rid of the Rat." A style characteristic of Metallica, Slayer, or Sepultura is equally evident on "Deuce," complete with heavy, big, chunka-chunka rhythm guitar riffs. Speed metal is about the only way to describe these sections. Still other sections, such as the opening of "The Promise - Chapter II," sound like King Crimson. And yes, of course they use an accordion. The vocals sound like some mutated version of Mark Knopfler, and most of the lyrics sound quite dreary – even some of the funnier ones. "The Old Vampire" has a some nice acoustic guitar work, and the drums are pretty interesting throughout. If variety in the music is what you’re looking for, Prklz could be the answer. Sections of songs change so much, fans with pacemakers beware...
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From the press release:
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water takes from Echo Us' past and spins it into a whole new direction, one closer to traditional acoustic Celtic music than ever before.
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water was composed and recorded during the first few months of 2017. Although Celtic influenced and comprised of a number of re-workings of Irish folk tunes and Breton aires, the album is still in large part new and original Echo Us music that fits right in the Echo Us ‘canon’. “Wake” is a natural progression from “A Priori Memoriae”, which was released to critical acclaim in Europe in 2014.
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water is Echo Us’ ‘Celtic’ album that was planned for a long time but never executed because of the work on the trilogy that came before it. The album title is a typical ‘Echo Us’ play on words which one can find their own meaning.
“It is also both evocative of the Oregon rain, which I am told is not too unlike the rain in Ireland.”(Matthews)
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water is also a comment on conception- which was unintentional when the lyric was written. Matthews surprised himself a few months after writing it, realizing that the song was actually about the nitty gritty, biological workings of what happens when a child is conceived. The folk song it derives from musically describes a courting ritual, one that even today we can all relate to in our own way.
“Come With Me Over the Mountain" in acapella was the musical inspiration for the song, and came into my consciousness after the lyrics were written a few months prior. “ (Matthews)
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