I first heard Pryti described as a cross between Paramore and Deftones. While not inaccurate, this description is slightly lacking, I feel. This record has all the hallmarks of the Deftones’ classic album White Pony, it’s got that dark, nu-metal feel to it but it definitely does something all it’s own with the execution of the album as a whole. There’s something so moody, so brooding about this album, from the simple, bass-heavy riff at the beginning of Bitter Pill to the soaring, high vocals that close out Purge.
I think a comparison to Paramore is selling this woman short. There’s none of these high-school cutesy ‘I’m-so-over-my-boyfriend’ teenybopper lyrics in this album. Pryti is exactly the kind of music you’d want to hear playing over the climax of a horror film, it’s got attitude, it’s thumping and dark and sounds like a challenge, like it wants to be taken on and prove itself.
There’s nothing too complicated in this album, which is really a great thing. A big problem I’ve found with records this year is that artists are trying to fit millions of influences and styles into each song and the result is often messy and awkward. It’s great that Pryti knows her influences so well and knows exactly how to manipulate them to get the best sound from them. This is evidenced to incredible effect in the song Angstwhich cuts out in the middle to a Deftones-like chugging bass riff before all the instruments crash back in and the song climaxes.
It’s a beautiful, haunting record from a very strong new British talent, and it is to be hoped that much more will be heard from this brilliant woman. If you like Chelsea Wolfe, Deftones, Evanescence or K’s Choice, check this out. You will not be disappointed.
Words: David Bamford