Priests

Nothing Feels Natural

Sister Polygon

Feb 06, 2017 Issue # 59 - 15th Anniversary Bookmark and Share


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Formed in 2012, Washington, D.C.'s Priests have followed up their 2014 EP Bodies and Control and Money and Power with their debut full-length, Nothing Feels Natural. Now back on their own Sister Polygon label, their album shows them expanding both their sound and their lyrical vision. "Appropriate" is a five-minute plus opening blast that seems to indicate the transition that their music is taking with this record. The first half brings to mind of much of their previous work, with singer Katie Alice Greer's voice once again reminiscent of Kathleen Hanna. Yet halfway in, it changes to something more oddball and quieter before culminating in a blaring free jazz-inspired sax solo. It's also clear that they've been listening to a lot of classic post-punk (ESG, early Siouxsie and the Banshees, et al.). The album's centerpiece is "No Big Bang," a nightmarish spoken word piece that builds up in intensity alongside its equally riveting music. It's almost impossible to not want to see what the future holds for them and to not keep playing this record. (www.sisterpolygon.com)

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