This similarity is most explicit on The River Spree, which finds Evan in Berlin (‘Berlin... that’s what I’m in’), name-checking David Bowie and the aforementioned Iggy. These figures of familiarity are useful to be able to have and hold on to, because there are few easy ways through these 10 tracks. Neither the music, which is chilly and electronic, nor the vocals, which prioritise poetry over melody, make for the most accessible of listens. This could turn some off, but may also yield profound rewards for the patient listener.
This project began as the soundtrack to an art show, and was inspired by vistas streaming past windows on interminably long drives, so none of this was meant to be easy to enjoy. It’s music to accompany contemplative walks, light skies and dark moods. It’s hard work, but it will work on you.
For Fans Of: Grave Pleasures, Nick Cave, Creeper
Prisyn is out on August 7 via Sargent House.