MP3 Dick Prall - Inc.
The first of 2 complementing EPs, Inc. fuses lush vocals, straight-forward guitars, hypnotic drums, and sugary-affected strings with undeniably catchy-as-hell melodies, accumulating into a powerhouse of oddly pop-fueled gems.
5 MP3 Songs in this album (17:45) !
Related styles: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Pop: Pop/Rock, Solo Male Artist
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Dodging in and out of pop ditties, lilting melodies, and quirky song structures, Dick Prall’s inability to stay in one musical place is reflective in a body of work that mirrors his personality: youthfully distracted and sweetly cynical. He puts great care into fashioning accessible and viral songs, inserting them with content that, if you look beyond the hooks, shows you a landscape filled with unsavory characters, undesirable behavior, frustrating ambivalence, and a decent dose of thoughtfulness. You could label him a storyteller—one who leaves you happily singing along to tales of serial murder and roadside sex long after you’ve tucked away your ear buds.
Prall’s leap into music was a late one (he started teaching himself guitar at age 25), but he hit the ground running with his first full-length, Somewhere About Here. A marriage of the rural soundtrack of his youth and the Brit-pop he adored, No Depression magazine dubbed this first release “a track-by-track monster.” The follow-up record, Dressing Up the Failure, under his alternative moniker Starch Martins, opened the door to performances with Jon Brion, Mike Doughty, Bobby Bare, Jr., Glen Phillips, Justin Townes Earl, and Ari Hest. After an exhausting stretch on the road, Prall focused on putting out the eclectic record Fizzlebuzzie, which showcased his ability to stylistically morph from song to song without ever betraying his authenticity. The diversity of Fizzlebuzzie gained Prall further national and international attention with features in such media outlets as Time Out Chicago, Performing Songwriter, and https://www.tradebit.com. He upped the ante even higher with the release of the beautifully alarming and infectious Weightless. The single “The Cornflakes Song,” featuring Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket fame, helped garner more radio spins across the country, a coveted spot on Paste Magazine’s CD compilation, and airplay in the Starbucks national chain.
Now poised to self-release two EPs within the span of only a few months – Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 – Prall is not only songwriter and performer, but has taken on the role of producer, as well. “It’s a pretty natural evolution. You spend enough years in the studio, you develop a keener sense of what you want and the language to communicate it to other musicians and engineers,” says Prall. “When someone like Nick Lowe or Stephen Street pops into the studio, I’ll gladly give up the helm.”
The first EP, simply titled Inc., contains five songs that fuse lush vocals, straight-forward guitars, hypnotic drums, and sugary-affected strings with undeniably catchy-as-hell melodies, accumulating into a powerhouse of oddly pop-fueled gems. From the kick-off song, “Feeler,” you know this is the start of a wave you’re excited to ride out. A tune with its dulcet tongue eloquently planted in its brash cheek, Prall proclaims “I’m a great feeler / a medical prize find / unlimited insight / I know what’s better for you.” On the heels of savoring that lyrical confection, you find your heart raising several BPM’s as the tempo of “Little Holes” takes over and brings you back to where Elvis Costello’s earlier hits left off and Prall’s affection for British post-punk began. Avoiding spoiler alerts across the board, we skip to the final track, “Saline” – a crowd live-song favorite that locks in its immortality as the record’s closer. A musical dressing-down pointed towards an all-too-easily exposed con who incurs a barrage of verbal jabs, including the clever “you ride a nice white horse on your sinking ship / you never hurt no one with your kung fu grip / you’ve got a great smile.” So handsomely threaded, it’s almost complimentary.
Over the years we’ve gotten used to the fact that you never know what Dick Prall will offer up, or if he even will at all, but with this next release you’re assured that he’s serious about the craft of writing songs. He’s stuck with this because he has to – it’s a DNA thing. And let’s hope that DNA is generously mixed into the next batch of songs that come to light next spring. If he can keep up the pace of releasing EPs every few months as he’s intending, and they’re anywhere near the quality of Inc., then every season will be a welcome change.