Prince Rama is the Brooklyn-based duo of sisters of Taraka and Nimia Larson. The music that the sisters make is one of psychedelic chaos mixed with glittering glam rock funneled through the ritualistic chantings of Bollywood-style musicals. This makes sense once you realize that the sisters grew up in a Hare Krishna community and once made a record called 15-Minute Exorcise (the album cover of which, is what you exactly imagined it would be). Fairly prolific, the girls have recorded five records in four years, all of which follow the same experimental-psychedelic pattern that you would expect from two artsy sisters. But, wow, they then suddenly came up with something incredibly awesome for their sixth record.
Top 10 Hits Of The End Of The World is exactly how it is described. It is the Larson sisters channeling what they imagine to be the top ten hits during the end of the world by ten different (fictional) bands. Of course, in this scenario, the top ten bands do sound like slight derivations of how Prince Rama actually sounds. But that is to be expected. Still, the concept itself is amazing with the Larson sisters actually making up the back-stories and (very distinct) band profile pictures for the ten bands. It’s an amazingly ingenious concept, that ended up being very enjoyable once executed.
Check out two of the apocalyptic tracks below as Prince Rama channels I.M.M.O.R.T.A.L.I.F.E. in the synth-heavy Those Who Live For Love Will Live Forever and the tribal Rage Peace in So Destroyed, embedded below.
Prince Rama – Top 10 Hits Of The End Of The World comes out 11/6 via Paw Tracks (order here)