For those not aware, Prince Rama is a two-piece psychedelic rock act made up of sisters Taraka & Nimai Larson. Based out of Brooklyn, New York, their sound expands far across the perimeters of the big city. Their latest album, Top Ten Hits of the End of the World is a collection of songs that moves forward into a world of endless pop music, drawing influence from cosmic disco, tribal goth, arabic pop, and modern glam. It’s an album that captures pop music in its various eclectic forms, giving the listener a glimpse into the past, present, and future.
For the most part, Top Ten Hits of the End of the World is crafted around accessibility. The album is characterized by a lighthearted playfulness, filled with glossy arrangements and touch and go vocal melodies. The premise for the album is constructed by the idea of apocalyptic spirits of different imaginary bands (complete with fake band names and promo photos in the liner notes) being channeled by the sisters throughout the record. “Blade of Austerity”, the album’s opener, is engraved in pounding percussion and repetitive hooks. The drone-like synth aids the track with an eerie atmosphere. The album’s highlight track, “Those Who Live For Love Will Live Forever” provides a thumping club beat masked under pulsing synth progression. The Larson sisters’ vocals burst together and pull apart creating a constant pop bliss. It’s the closest any listener will ever be to a supernatural disco. Prince Rama managed to build a collection of songs encompassing a world of pop music that would have (in their imaginary post-apocalypse) otherwise gone unnoticed.
With the album cover reminiscent of an 80’s greatest hits inspired throwback, it proves that as much as Prince Rama indulges in the apocalyptic future they manage to balance their fantasies with the past.