Embarking on a concept album comprising a vague top ten rundown of spectral pop numbers channelled from deceased, fictitious stars post-apocalypse is unreservedly weird. Though with us here having conjured the above – an intrinsically outré concept in itself – that is of course what Paw Tracks-signed sibling pairing Prince Rama recently unleashed in Top 10 Hits Of The End Of The World. The record, however, transpired to be a by and large triumphantly good weird, as opposed to bad weird or purely weird weird, and a track entitled “So Destroyed” – recorded under the guise of Rage Peace – then really stood out. Now, six string wunderkind of visionary intergalactic instrumental outfit Emeralds Mark McGuire gets his hands on its lustrous synth-pop whimsy, and turns it into something all the more ambiguous. Synths masquerading as the stars and the sea all at once bloop about Taraka and Nimai’s aloof cooing whilst Minehead arcade noises come heavily manipulated and largely hidden beneath wholesome undulations; smothered by contorted vocal harmonies. As joyously disorientating as Emeralds’ latest, Just To Feel Anything, which we deplorably neglected earlier on in the month. Stream this below, and then go get that.
Both Top 10 Hits Of The End Of The World and Just To Feel Anything are out now.