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Thing Or Two

by Prescott

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Five Thing 06:59
Pluto 05:18
Rubberised 04:48
Oh Stemona 03:43
Gone Jewish 02:45
Angry Diners 03:48
Cis 3 Hex 04:16
Waddlelegs 04:10


Prescott is a London based instrumental group, verging on supergroup, featuring Kev Hopper (Stump, Ticklish), Frank Byng (This Is Not This Heat, Snorkel), Keith Moliné (Pere Ubu) and Rhodri Marsden (Scritti Politti).

Thing Or Two is Prescott’s second album. An orgy of melody. A groove bacchanal. A sonic cocktail party gone strangely but compellingly wrong.

After the 2014 release of their first album, One Did , Prescott acquired a fourth member in Pere Ubu’s Keith Moliné and a newfound affection for twangy guitar tunes. The new record builds on the arty, minimal intensity of their debut with sweeping melodies and extravagant

The startling bass playing of Kev Hopper, the group’s founder, is
sprinkled with unexpected pops, slides and trills, a series of musical question marks and raised eyebrows. Frank Byng’s precision
drumming is pared down and funky one moment, wildly uninhibited the next, all interweaving with Rhodri Marsden’s broad palette of organs, percussive samples and stabbing synths. Keith Moliné brings improvisatory skills acquired over two decades working with Pere Ubu’s David Thomas, along with the tranquil Hank Marvinesque twang that characterises much of the record.

Five Thing , a live favourite, is a foxtrot for anyone who happens to have an extra leg. Oh Stemona incorporates Sue Lynch ’s flute and sax in a song of praise to a perfume ingredient. Seven Leggings is as near as Prescott get to verses and choruses, with a humalong tune and a jubilant fadeout. Rubberised is an extraordinary musical jigsaw puzzle, culminating in squeals of frustration from sound artist Iris Garrelfs as she fails to solve it.

Thing Or Two : exuberant and complex, euphoric and bewildering, joyous and ambitious.

“Prescott are a unique and mischievous proposition” – The List

“Endlessly inventive backdrops which owe a fair amount to both Beefheart and The Residents at their most wickedly playful” – Prog

“Part particle accelerator, part mutant squash court… a postpunk
upending of 1980s jazzfusion, creating something pretty serious out of a very English irreverence and inquisitiveness” – Misfit City

“A dishevelled Heath Robinson contraption of small moving parts, Prescott make music as hilarious as it is infuriating” – The Wire

“As perplexing as their namesake, Prescott demonstrate the forgotten art of the confounded, the contrary and the confused, with compelling results” – Flipside



released May 1, 2017

Kev Hopper - bass, occasional guitar, vocals
Frank Byng - drums
Keith Moliné - guitar
Rhodri Marsden - keyboards, occasional vocals

Special guests -
Sue Lynch - flute, saxophone [5]
Iris Garrelfs - vocals [4]



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