If Arcade Fire aren’t doing it for you anymore and you think there’s something inherently sexy about synthesisers , Toronto-based Old English might be just what you’re looking for. Their debut album, Prose & Kahns, is a triumphant record, full of tracks which build quite gently into a fountain of trumpets, choppy percussion and dreamy synths.
For an album that has – as I recently mentioned on Twitter and can’t better with any other description – more layers than Donkey and an onion combined, it’s surprisingly clear-cut. With such a rich, polished sound, it’s easy to tell that a lot of time and effort went into the mastering, something that is quite often more necessary than a lot of people ever realise.
The echoey vocals and odd tambourine make it very easy just to stick Prose & Kahns on repeat for hours on end and weighing in at nearly 50 minutes for 11 tracks, that’s not to be sniffed at. As dream-pop albums go, this is definitely one not to miss.
A particular highlight for me is We’ve Been Here Before. I just can’t get enough of the way the happy trumpet solo in the middle shakes off the melancholia of the first half of the song, giving way to a calp-tastic beat and some delicate synths layered over the aforementioned trumpet. It’s so hopeful that it’s impossible to dislike.
The same can be said for the rest of the album to be honest but the only way you’ll ever believe me is if you listen to it yourselves, which you can do below. The album is available in it’s entirety for just $7 on Bandcamp.