Hey, look who we have here! Prawn is back with more noodle-y guitar riffs, horns and well, excellent songs. Only this time around it all sounds even better. These guys somehow managed to take everything that was good about their “You Can Just Leave It All” and then simply made it better. Normally I’m not the biggest fan of guitar noodling but here it doesn’t feel forced, it just flows naturally, punctuated by understated drums before yet another outburst or a catchy hook thrown your way.
Whether you’re talking about the fiercely rocking “First As Tragedy, Second As Farce” or “Dialect Of”, the quietly brooding “Old Souls”, the mellow “Absurd Walls” that blooms open towards the end or the horn-laden “Thalassa”, Prawn delivers every single time. Throughout “Kingfisher” they’ll jump from indie rock to emo to pop to atmospheric parts with ease, somehow molding it all together into one fantastic album that is bound to end up on more than a few ‘best of 2014’ lists.