Stream Prince Rupert’s Drops, Climbing Light

Jake Saunders

Prince Rupert’s Drops are a well kept secret—around since 2005—deserving of more attention than is being given. The band elicits a classic psych rock that simply can’t be said no to, especially if it’s done right, and Prince Rupert’s Drops does it right.

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Straight back to the 60’s, Climbing Light is an acid flashback altogether. “Death March” is the dark, pounding opener that leads us into a trip of an album; a sprawling eight minute dreamer, the song is an excellent welcome mat for us to wipe our feet on. Rather melodic and upbeat, the album is certainly about the posi-vibes, where any darkness is usually portrayed in a goofy way: “My eyes are up high/the lights are down/the ears both above and below,” sings Bruno Meyrick-Jones on “Dangerous Death Ray”. We’re warned to “run for cover” as the song ends with a face melting solo and the gods of rock ‘n’ roll are satisfied.

Climbing Light certainly pays some homage to some of the great freaky psych-heads; Syd Barrett, Todd Rundgren, R. Stevie Moore, Jimi Hendrix, and even the Talking Heads all wiggle their ways into the album, and PRD offers a great variety of all these influences.

Prince Rupert’s Drops’ Climbing Light is out November 11 on Beyond Beyond is Beyond.

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