We are living in a very different world from the last decades of the 20th century. Sometimes it's hard to recognize the world we're living in, compared to the '70s, '80s and '90s. And yet, the fault lines were there, beginning to crumble as subtle societal pressures opened up into wide gaping canyons that could no longer be ignored.
This shifting landscape forms the backdrop for Mainstream Cult, from Encinitas, CA's Prisms. Mainstream Cult is an electronic pop concept album about a future society on some barren planet, trying to recover from the devastation from religious zealots. Mainstream Cult begins with "New Beginnings," all squiggling synth arpeggios and burned out bass until a throbbing beat comes on like an earthquake that will leave you shaking in your Keds. It's great dance music and the perfect opening to get you hooked and pulled into the barren desert planet of Mainstream Cult.
Guest vocalist Lark Remy brings a bit of sweet soul to "Buried City" duetting with Prisms like a drop of welcome rain on cracked nuclear soil, over blurry '80s VHS synths reinforcing the dystopian sci-fi vibes. Prisms’ voice has a raspy edge to it, teetering on the verge of stoner metal, making the end result something like Scott Wino Weinrich singing with Black Moth Super Rainbow on the rings of Jupiter.
Mainstream Cult fluctuates between the two poles of instrumental electronic ambiance and vocal synth pop creating a compelling imaginative narrative that ties the music together making Mainstream Cult more than a collection of tracks.
Prisms is clearly an ambitious man, being a radio DJ, a video editor with several IMDB credits, an audio engineer and a musician. He has recently relocated to California from Wisconsin, post-graduation. I think it's safe to say we will be hearing a lot more from Prisms!
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