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Helium
LP $20.95

03/04/2016 819162018804 

MR 052 


***Medical Records’ celebration of 1990’s seminal works on the famous Too Pure label continues with the long overdue reissue of 1994’s Helium by Birmingham, England’s very own PRAM. This is the second of two simultaneous Pram reissues by Medical Records (the 1st being 1993’s The Stars Are So Big). Originally hailing from Harrogate, North Yorkshire, some of the members (who went to school together) moved to Birmingham where they began playing music together. Forming with a more primitive aesthetic with typical keyboards, guitar, drums, and bass guitar, the band eventually began exploring playing multiple instruments including unique and unusual toy instruments and other gear such as theremin, glockenspiel, glass hammer, etc. Their first LP on Too Pure (The Stars Are So Big…) leaned towards a slightly heavier, murkier aesthetic compared to Helium. The tracks on this record seem to expand a bit with the likely increased use of the sampler as well as the backbone of unusual toy instruments and unconventional percussion. Pram was strongly influenced by krautrock such as Can and Faust as well as jazz elements and the Raincoats which can be vaguely seen in the brilliantly and elegantly “cluttered” sound palette at times. Long out of print from it’s original release. Presented on high-quality 180-gram heavyweight colored vinyl featuring original reproduction artwork and insert featuring part two of an extensive interview with the band by DAVE SEGAL.

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