The Prom – S/T EP

The Prom

THE PACKAGING: All contents discussed are housed in a thin plastic slimline CD single case. This looks suspiciously like it’s making fun of typing manuals from the 1960’s. (How do I know that? Because I used typewriting manuals from the 1960’s in my ninth grade typing class, that’s why.) Within the actual liner notes, there are two boxes stating “Double space” and “Complimentary close” along with various hand-written proofreader’s corrections. There is also a diagram of the pathway the finger travels when striking down on a key, although the drawing of the typewriter key in the diagram in question looks like this particular typewriter would have seen a lot of usage during Woodrow Wilson’s presidency. Also in the packaging, I see that Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie produced, engineered, and mixed the three songs embedded on the enclosed audio CD.
EMBEDDED ON THAT AUDIO CD: Three songs, all of which carry a distinct tone and style that makes them quite different from the others. Track one, “Saloon Song,” is very reminiscent of Five For Fighting’s “Bella’s Birthday Cake” and Ben Folds Five’s “One Angry Dwarf and 2000 Solemn Faces” – very upbeat and peppy. The piano carries a very honky-tonk feel that really matches up with the song title, though the guitar/bass/drums carry the song.
Track two, “Now and Then,” is a stark piano-and-voice ballad that is arguably the best track of the three. The voice is somber and pleading, and the way the piano slightly echoes brings to mind images of an empty, lonely heart. I’m so emo that I actually cried the first three times I listened to this track. The only thing I can find wrong with this song is the fact that it’s only 120 seconds in length. These two minutes, however, are a very beautiful two minutes to experience.
Track three is called “Jean Alexander Waltz,” and it is the “(Sleepy Version)” of this particular track. This one uses an old organ (Hammond, perhaps?) in place of the piano, giving the song a very ‘regal’ feel to it. Also, there is a very ‘fuzzy’ speech of some sort that plays throughout the track, although I haven’t been able to decipher the speaking because I’m too enraptured in the elegant nature of the track.
THE CONCLUSION: This is really nice. I definitely like the slower tracks better, and “Now and Then” has firmly rooted itself as a tenant in the next three years worth of mix tapes I make. All in all, though, all three tracks are respectable, and I’ll definitely buy any full-length record by The Prom that follows this EP. Even at just over nine minutes in length, this one’s worth a listen.