Boomkat Product Review:
With "The Moving Frontier" Birmingham-based Dream pop outfit Pram have delivered their most engaging and confident work to date. The thirteen tracks of their ninth long-player heave with the kind of hazy bliss that fans of Iceland's Mum or Birmingham's Broadcast will hugely enjoy. Lifting off with The Empty Quarter, one of The Moving Frontier's four instrumental pieces, the scene is perfectly set with gritty, tremolo drenched guitars that shift behind a wandering Rhodes organ and muted trumpet. The track embodies Pram's individual skill as composers and their ability to simultaneously evoke urbanity with more industrial archetypes. Singer Rosie Cuckson is a key component in this formula, her Nico-intoned, metallic voice draping itself over the fuzzy, reverberating backdrop. In "Blind Tiger" Pram flirt with the Portishead aesthetic, a fairground organ cutting through the ominous backdrop of horns and cymbals to unnerving effect. Elsewhere, "Metaluna"s transitory twinkling offers a welcome breathing space, while the clunking, inelegant accordion and horn stomp of "The Silk Road" reveals an affinity for Tom Waits, itself feeling like a lost cut from Rain Dogs. "The Moving Frontier" pushes the Pram sound into new territories and is a thrilling next step in a long and captivating career, making for their most listenable and relevant album to date. Highly recommended.