Prairie Empire / Salt, The
Album:Salt, The Collection:General
Artist:Prairie Empire Added:Aug 2016
Label:Commodore Trotter 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2016-08-08 Pull Date:2016-10-10 
Week Ending:Oct 9Oct 2Sep 25Sep 18Sep 11Sep 4Aug 21Aug 14

Recent Airplay
1.Jun 30, 2017:KZSU Time Traveler
The Salt
4.Sep 30, 2016:Time Traveler
We Were Reeds, Daniel
2.Oct 07, 2016:Time Traveler
Muir Woods
5.Sep 23, 2016:Time Traveler
The Salt
3.Oct 02, 2016:The Prism Experiment
Like Birds
6.Sep 16, 2016:Time Traveler
We Were Reeds, Daniel

Album Review
Francis D
Reviewed 2016-08-02 
“The Salt” Prairie Empire
Brooklyn duo, Prairie Empire, delivers smooth, sophisticated indie rock with a progressive jazzy feeling and occasional folk tendencies. Led by extraordinary vocalist, Brittain Ashford, who also plays guitar and piano and handles the arrangements, Prairie Empire’s “The Salt” is similar to Jenny Gillespie’s excellent “Cure for Dreaming.” Drummer Nim Ben-Reuven is the other half of the duo. The songs are lush, atmospheric and cinematic — with wonderful dynamic ranges. This is Prairie Salt’s sophomore release.
— Francis

Recommended: 4, 7, 8/9, 3. NO FCCs.

1. (3:34) Like Birds – Twinkling piano. Starts mysterious with strings and synths. Then, becomes bouncy and jazzy.
2. (4:28) Folded, From the Storm – Gently strummed guitar. Vocal starts in a bedroom whisper, and then soars as the music swells.
3. (3:27) Circles – Slow and sad. Lush soundscape with a rich, strummed guitar and Ashford’s smoky vocals. Builds to big drums. ***
4. (4:34) The Salt – Lightly picked guitar. Hesitant. Tentative. Ashford sings, “You are the salt in my blood.” Searing electric guitar at finish. ****
5. (4:05) In Three (for Joe) – Lilting waltz (for Joe apparently). Sweet and searching.
6. (4:48) Stay Good – Piano-based folk-rock. Strong backing vocals in chorus. Reminiscent of Sea of Bees at times. Becomes jazzier with nice clarinet solos.
7. (3:34) Muir Woods – Intimate and passionate love song. Crystalline construction. Piano and woodwinds. Simple drumming. ***
8. (3:34) Daniel – Slow and sultry. Sweeping strings and bigger drums as the song builds. Segues into the final track. **
9. (2:30) We Were Reeds – Brief piano closer. Of course, clarinet (reed instrument) as well! Uplifting and hopeful. Reminiscent of Bowerbirds. ** (Play with track 8!)

Track Listing
1.Like Birds 5.In Three (For Joe)
2.Folded, From The Storm 6.Stay Good
3.Circles 7.Muir Woods
4.The Salt 8.Daniel
 9.We Were Reeds