Pryti – Tales Of A Melancholic


Tales Of A Melancholic is the debut album from Pryti, an emerging British solo artist already making a striking mark, with her seriously accomplished and captivating fusion of heavy rock and melodic metal, on the national scene. Consisting of ten tracks which roar with the emotional snarl of the Deftones, cast a Lacuna Coil like creative theatre, and smoulder with the melodic prowess of Paramore, all over dramatic landscapes sculpted by voracious riffs and predatory rhythms, her new release is startling in its potency and skilled in its expressive persuasion. Also embracing elements of alternative and varied rock flavours, the album grips the imagination and leaves a deep rooted want to hear more.

Bringing all the guitars and bass on the release to her captivating songwriting and vocal strength, the Birmingham singer songwriter is no stranger to garnering acclaim and attention. Her last EP Welcome To Pariahville, also the name of her own label, was a big spark to an increasing spotlight and acclaim from the Rock/Metal community. Magazines like Kerrang! and Rocksound were close on the heels with coverage and praise too whilst radio airplay was soon embracing Pryti’s sounds, especially for more recently released single Abyss. Produced by Justin Hill from Sikth, Tales Of A Melancholic casts a broader and greater lure to that awakening attention, one easy to anticipate being reciprocated in greater praise and focus.

A portentous ambience brings opening song Insomnia into view, a sonic haze wrapping ears as thick prowling beats and caustic riffs follow in close attention. They all relax as the instantly flavoursome vocals of Pryti open the song’s emotional narrative, only the rhythms holding the same shape of their initial pungent presence. Vocally Pryti soars with a substantial yet harmonic roarPromoImage.jpg which alternates with an elegant seduction. It is a blend across song and the album which can be best described as Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries sings Deftones but with a much feistier and fascinating presence then that suggests. The song itself continues to breach new climactic heights and strengths, guitars and keys a riveting proposal against the rousing voice of Pryti.

The Pessimist follows and straight away grips ears with its opening graze of dirty raw riffs swiftly aligning to evocative vocals. Melancholic yet warmly radiate within its increasing shadows, the song is a brooding tempest which eventually erupts with muscularly swung rhythms and a spicy sonic enterprise which has senses and imagination bound and bewitched. The track continues the impressive start to the album; the first two songs backed again, and eventfully surpassed by the previously mentioned single Abyss. Sculpting a web of intensive emotional and sonic turbulence, courted by a melodic radiance, the track is a moving tide of personal angst and melodic intimacy within a stormy atmosphere. It is an enthralling and anthemic incitement, and there is no surprise that it turned a great many heads on its first appearance.

As the second song, the next up Purge opens with a gritty edge to its opening chords, bait contrasted and complimented by the increasingly siren-esque tones of Pryti. Shadows wrap the balladry of the song whilst a creative bellow drives its heavier tempestuous turns of pace and intensity. The result is another intriguing and captivating exploration emulated right after in the solemn beauty of Bitter Pill and the haunting Amnesia. The first of the two is a flame of bracing vocals and melodies caught on a passionate sonic wind, but equally prone to reflective calms within its provocative dip into dark drama. Its successor merges a sinister ambience with emotional anxiety, both aspects cultured by an unpredictable musical landscape and vocal intimacy. Though the song does not quite live up to its predecessors, it increasingly engages and enthrals before making way for the fiery storm of Angst. Boldly carnivorous compared to other songs as riffs and spiky grooves are immediately predatory, the track soon shows wider enterprise and invention by luring in melodic and harmonic caresses to temper and unite with the imposing ferocity of one more major highlight on the album.

The potent energies and creative tenacity of Battle Wounds brings its volcanic endeavour and emotion forward next before the melancholic beauty of Ghost takes the listener on a harmonic cruise across a melodic sea carrying an increasingly compelling raw and aggressive edge to its lapping temptation. Both tracks bond ears and thoughts with ease though are overshadowed by the outstanding closing song Burden, a song which epitomises and sums up all the instinctive strengths and exciting inventiveness bringing Tales of a Melancholic to life.

Pryti most likely to most would have been an unknown name let alone quantity before Tales of a Melancholic, but from this moment she is surely destined to be a name on the lips of and stirring up the British heavy rock scene. This is one album all should take a close listen to.

Tales of a Melancholic is released digitally on Welcome To Pariahville on February 16th

RingMaster 16/02/2015

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Ann Scott – Venus To The Sky


Wrapped in the warm and mesmeric tones of Irish singer songwriter Ann Scott from within songs which equally transfix with seductive elegance and smouldering beauty upon her latest release, it is very easy to see why the artist has been richly acclaimed in her homeland and beyond. Her new album Venus To The Sky is a magnetic persuasion, one which toys with and evokes the imagination into exploring self-reflective climes as well as those offered from inside the ten track evocation. It is a masterful release which has attention and emotions lit from start to finish, and appetite for the darkly sirenesque charms of Scott dipped in hunger.

From her well-received debut album Poor Horse, Dubliner Scott has been no stranger to acclaim as she forged a position of being one of the Ireland’s most creative and unique emerging artists. Her blend of folk and indie pop imagination has seen her twice nominated in the best female category for the Irish Meteor Awards and the albums We’re Smiling and Flo garnering her an ever increasing and potent critical acclaim and greedily growing fan base. Live she has also earned a striking reputation, the sharing of stages with the likes of Patti Smith, Howe Gelb, and Fairport Convention whilst her collaborative projects and touring duties with a great many has only increased her stature. Fourth album Venus To The Sky finds Scott fronting a full band and stepping in to even greater pastures of shadowed aural dreamlike textures and lyrical adventure. Co-produced with Karl Odlum and with a line-up of Dave Hingerty, Kim Porcelli, Katherine Atkinson, Gemma Hayes, and Katell Keineg helping bring her songs into compelling realisation, the album makes a thrilling persuasion which plays within the realms of riveting to irresistible with every breath it takes.

The song Hoola opens up the release with bewitching guitar crafted ambience and a slowly beckoning melodic invitation. It is instantly a Ann-Scotthaunting lure to which attention is inevitable and full focus given once the vocals of Scott enter to caress the ears. Her voice is a smooth and mouth-watering melodic flame but one which is emphasised even more in other tracks as having keen adventure to its invention like her music. With repetition a contagious air to a harmonically droning enchantment the track is an enthralling start for the album one which is lifted another level by the following You To Me. A lone guitar strokes the ears first before soon being joined by Scott, her voice finding an organic texture which is as honest as the narrative it portrays. With restrained military rhythmic juggling skirting the vocals and guitar, there is an undefined familiarity about the song which adds to its instant appeal whilst the building spires of rock bred emotive and intensive melodic fire only provides a stronger pleasure to eagerly enjoy.

Both Unite and Stripes offer their individual temptations to continue the grip of the album. The first has an atmospheric embrace and impacting emotional wash which reminds of the A Forest era of The Cure. Aligned to the vocals which play like a mix of Tanya Donelly and Dolores O’Riordan, the song again pushes levels to be backed firmly by its successor, the track a melodic flight with a plumage of melancholic strings and harmonic grace which dances tenderly with the senses whilst coaxing the imagination into a delicious seduction.

The opening bass sway of Joy again reminds of The Cure in many ways, its throaty respect the major vein to a weave of emerging poignant stimulation which again hold senses and thoughts tightly. Like the album it is fair to say it is a bit of a slow burner, more textures and shadows being discovered the more company you allow it with greater awards given in return. It is the same with the sultry simmer of Coming Up and the slow winding kisses of For The First Time, the two songs offering a mesmeric contact which is only a tip of their depths and need time to immerse within, something easy to do such the initial arousing allurement they tease with.

Solemn is another track which took time to fully persuade, its country laced folk bait not immediately convincing for personal tastes but the song evolving from there, whilst still employing that spice, into a wholly enticing encounter with guitars and vocals especially beguiling. There is no need to wait for the glory of next up All About Love to engulf ears and passions. The song is a magnificent slice of enchanted pop, its golden breeze of melodic wonder a breath-stealing sunset of craft and ingenious enterprise which seduces the emotions into an evocative frenzy of pop alchemy. It is easily the best moment on the album in an expanse of only impressive songs and alone shows why Scott is thought of as one of the most exciting emerging artists.

Completed by the celestial dream cast fascination of Stars, the song a final enchantment, Venus To The Sky is a full bodied temptress which leaves only intensive pleasure in its wake. Though the album never explodes into the fire it sometimes suggests is waiting, Ann Scott leaves satisfaction full to the brim with songs which tell the most arresting stories lyrically and musically.


RingMaster 28/10/2013

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