By Joshua Sheppard
Priests – The Seduction of Kansas
The Seduction of Kansas forms itself as a wide-ranging critique, reclamation and celebration of Americana and its discontents. The follow up to 2017’s Nothing Feels Natural is a clearer, more confident sonic and thematic progression for the Washington D.C. outfit. Priests are your tour guide through the sunken and monochromatic strip malls and drug addled dwellings of the red states. As the name suggests, location is the key thematic element as it flows through multiple American locales; from the cornfields of Kansas, to the deserted strip malls of Nevada and the industrialized backwaters of Texas.
Each song feels like a mini essay on the current cultural climate that is facing the United States with a brilliant sense of heart and nuance. The rampant destructive force of the military industrial-complex in ‘’Good Time Charlie’’ to the societal weight of projected cultural propaganda in ‘’68 Screens’’ run the complete gambit of what you might consider to be the ills facing American society today. A gorgeous sense of polish to the songs and how each interweave with each other makes for a solid mosaic of art rock. This is the timeliest and more intellectually sophisticated album of the year thus far.Priests