Age Pryor: Shanks' Pony
By Rachel Fallon
This follow up to his 2003 album 'City Chorus' consolidates the talent of Age Prior witnessed on the Fly My Pretties compilations. The two tracks he contributed were King of You All and Shouldn't I Know and have both been included here in their studio versions. Hailing from Wellington, he has enlisted some of the capital's finest musos for this recording. With Luke Benge on keys, bassist Peter Hill and drummer extraordinaire Darren Mathiassen as his main posse, and the addition of guests such as Adi Dick and Barnaby Weir, how could he go wrong? Each track has a different feel which makes it hard to categorise this album into a genre, but uplifting, ethereal, soulful, at times dark folk/pop gallops to mind. Lots of inventive stories and observations of life fill the lyrics written by Pryor who also takes care of music and producer credits. Mixed by Brett Stanton and Mike Gibson who also mastered it at Trident Studios, this is definitely a must have for your local music collection.