Having crossed our virtual desk twice before, The Other Side Reviews is fully aware of UK-based duo Prïnceps. We know about their genre-defying style, obscure music and memorable artistry. We’re fascinated by the sophistication of their polished sound and how far they’ve come since we first met them in 2020. Needless to say, we are not the only ones singing their praises. Featured on FV Music Blog, That Drop, Tunezsell and iHeart Radio (to name a few), the lads are reaching an international audience. The latest addition to their discography is ‘Song 2.5’
Following their single ‘Oh So Fun!’ (read our review here), ‘Song 2.5’ is a fusion of indie-rock, alt-rock and electropop. The influence of Talking Heads is strongly evident, however, the influence of The Used is also present. A clever combination of electronic beats, guitars and a cowbell, Prïnceps sound is distinctive and completely original with ‘Song 2.5’ showcasing their eclecticism.
Recorded with British label 152 Records, vocalist Renz Byrne and bassist/beat-master Press I.M. show they are not a one-trick pony with ‘Song 2.5’. Moving from synth-laden melodic metal, the duo adopts a lighter, more flowing melody in the new single. Yes, there is a strong electronic element, however, Byrne bridges the gap between electronica and rock with his bold vocals.
Rich and powerful, Byrne’s dynamic tones add an extra “oomph” to Prïnceps songs. Not analogue, the vocals emphasise humanity in the track connecting with listeners on a more intimate level. One might question whether this obscure electro-rock sound could have a humane quality and, well, this one does. Complementing the infectious instrumentation, Byrne’s voice adds infectiousness that is difficult to avoid.
Described as being “…their most radio-ready creation to date”, ‘Song 2.5’ teeters on the cusp of mature sophistication and innocent chaos. Anthemic, creative and awesome, I can see ‘Song 2.5’ being another successful whooper from the talented duo.
In addition to their single, Prïnceps released an official lyrics video for ‘Song 2.5’. Viewer discretion is advised as the video uses rapid image transition that can cause seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy.