It’s that ability which translates the sunset on a mesmerizing sky, the peculiar soreness after afternoon arcade games, a length of time that cannot be put into words – just experienced.
“Inspired by euphoria, usually experienced after consuming MONSTER ENERGY;” this is the tagline that follows Woongi’s brief Bandcamp introduction to their March 2017 release, Music for Prophet. However tongue-in-cheek, this tagline is meant to be (their Facebook cover photo seems to imply an only half-ironic plea for corporate sponsorship), there’s no doubt that the record itself bears witness to a negotiation of that initial idea — euphoria. Based out of Chicago, Woongi’s four members achieve in the composition of this album what many artists showcasing an electronica and easy-listening style envy: purposeful usage of polyphonic layering that, with care, comes together in a blend enveloping its audience in a new perspective.
Music for Prophet itself is propelled by easy transitions and perspective shifts. Many songs on the album, such as “Swim” (as your world starts to melt / as the walls move in waves / you find in it pieces of yourself) use their lyrics to paint pictures of an impossible reality. In undertaking this task, the role of the instrumental convinces the audience of this reality’s legitimacy. A thorough understanding of repetition and the ability to maintain nuanced sound and medium is very much a part of Music for Prophet‘s creative process.
“Coins” holds a wonderful blend of newer sounds, reminiscent of Arcade Fire or Animal Collective, coupled with mathematic prog-rock and psychedelic influences. It showcases a courage to experiment beyond chord progression – an extension into sounds and mediums many other musicians would be afraid to test due to unfamiliarity. It’s that ability which translates the sunset on a mesmerizing sky, the peculiar soreness after afternoon arcade games, a length of time that cannot be put into words – just experienced.
Music for Prophet as an album acts as a testament to experience: the things that we don’t necessarily understand – don’t need to understand – and when we do, can’t properly express. Within it resonates the modern kid, or maybe just the child-at-heart: an existence that is as simultaneously nostalgic as it is new and emboldened. In the same breath that Woongi escorts their audience through fluorescent color, fast-paced and trailblazing, they introduce “Jürgen’s Voyage” – a fear of the unknown – simple, spacey, quiet. Surreal. With this, the band transitions their audience into the fullness of the familiar and yet disarmingly abstract tone that seems to resonate throughout the album as a whole.
A wonderful addition to 2017’s growing cache of kickass music, Woongi’s latest release translates emotion and breaks down barriers in a way that welcomes it with open arms to Spring 2017’s notable releases.
Music for Prophet is currently available for pay-what-you-can on Bandcamp.
Watch the music video for “Swim” below: