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Prurient: Frozen Niagara Falls [Digipak] *

Track List

>Myth of Building Bridges
>Dragonflies to Sew You Up
>Sorrow with a Braid, A
>Every Relationship Earthrise
>Traditional Snowfall
>Jester In Agony
>Poinsetta Pills
>Shoulders of Summerstones
>Wildflowers (Long Hair With Stocking Cap)
>Lives Torn Apart (NYC)
>Frozen Niagra Falls (Portion One)
>Cocaine Daughter
>Falling Mask
>Frozen Niagra Falls (Portion Two)
>Christ Among the Broken Glass

Album Reviews:

Alternative Press - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Through every shift in tone and style, Fernow keeps his focus, connecting these songs with small bits of spoken word that conjure up dark visions of people desperately searching for meaning in an increasingly dismal world."

Pitchfork (Website) - "With NIAGARA, he's taken strengths from his entire oeuvre to reach deeper into himself and produce what may be his best record yet, one that brings all the fulfillment of noise and transcends them all the same."

Album Notes

Lyricist: Dominick Fernow.

Audio Mixers: Kris Lapke; Arthur Rizk; Dominick Fernow.

Recording information: New York, NY (2013-2015).

Photographers: Becka Diamond; Dominick Fernow.

Arrangers: Kris Lapke; Arthur Rizk; Dominick Fernow.

Frozen Niagara Falls, Prurient's ambitious 2015 double-CD/triple-LP and first release on Canadian metal label Profound Lore, is a culmination of all of the project's previous achievements. It isn't Dominick Fernow's longest release (his catalog is populated with numerous limited multi-cassette boxes), but it's easily the most diverse, as well as the most sharply focused. Recorded during a period spanning three harsh winters in New York City, the album's lyrics touch upon familiar themes as abusive relationships, drugs, hopelessness, and even religious imagery, and the music ranges from harsh noise to unsettling dark ambient. Most striking, however, is the appearance of acoustic guitars and fretless bass on several tracks, adding a bizarre melodicism to screamed industrial tracks like "Dragonflies to Sew You Up." Some tracks work better than others, but there are many thrilling moments, such as the rapid-fire percussion manipulations of "Poinsettia Pills" and "Traditional Snowfall." Ten-minute "Greenpoint" is the album's centerpiece, starting out with acoustic folk guitar and letting suspenseful horror film score synths creep in, getting washed out with feedback bursts, and then quieting down for an undistorted spoken soliloquy and atmospheric synths. 11-minute closer "Christ Among the Broken Glass" is another intriguing experiment with clear, melodic acoustic guitars, crackling distortion, and whispered vocals, which is somewhat reminiscent of Popol Vuh's scores for Werner Herzog films. Any Prurient release is a demanding listen, but Frozen Niagara Falls is one of his most surprising and rewarding works. ~ Paul Simpson


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