It may be that previous lockdown projects have resulted in more home studio setups, so when cross-UK collective OK Pal set its team the task of recording a song in a weekend, a dozen acts put together a very impressive album.
Among the all-killer set are Storm The Palace – who wrote an entire opera for a previous release but instead provide three minutes of fuzzy, singalong indie pop – while Virgin of the Birds’ effort is a rather lovely, contemplative piece in the Leonard Cohen ballpark.
Other notable points in a fine collection include the usually downbeat Meursault, who somehow gets a full-on band together for a raucous workout that wouldn’t be out of place in 90s Seattle, while Faith Elliot’s closing ‘Sadie’ is a fragile, melodic track that perhaps best captures the home-made ethos.
In all, an experiment that really pays off.
‘Prancing Queen Vol. 2.’ is out now. This article originally appeared in the Sunderlannd Echo.