This Princess Century article was written by Poppy Waring, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse
Princess Century is one of the names that Maya Postepski, veteran of the Canadian electronic music scene choses to perform under. In her latest release, ‘Progress’, we see pure mastery of her craft, delicate constructions of synthetic beats and rhythms reflecting the many years she has spent perfecting the techniques of her unique audio manipulations.
It’s interesting to note that in tracks such as ‘Bros Vs. UFOs’, there’s an almost cyclic nature to the tracks. Much as they change, they often return to one motif, concluding much as they begin, like waves rising and falling. Other tracks rely far more on complicated rhythmic patterns and drones. One such track is ‘Tokyo Hands’, which makes for an trippy auditory experience, where the ongoing repetition slowly starts to alter, the listener unsure as to whether it is the track or their ears interpretation of the ongoing beat. It’s certainly an album designed for headphones; to enjoy to full sonic-scape which has been created to surround the listener.
Considering that many albums of such bare electronic work can be considered quite niche, or specialist, ‘Progress’ is surprisingly accessible. Though it can hardly be described as catchy, upbeat or even welcoming, like most songs one would associate with such terms, there’s something really magnetic about Princess Century’s work. Once the album starts in, you become drawn in by the hypnotic tones. It’s almost peaceful to listen to – unlike many of its harsher more aggressive relatives in type of electronica. It’s certain to gain many admirers from both fans and newcomers to the genre
Being purely constructed of repetitious electronic instrumental pieces, Princess Century’s latest album could easily become monotonous. Instead however, you are confronted with a piece of delicately warping collection of tracks, which seem designed to help transport your mind elsewhere. No one song, or indeed second is quite the same. ‘Progress’ is certainly a good name for this album, almost perfectly describing how the music ebbs and flows continually building and changing. It’s simply astonishing that something can sound so simple, raw and stripped down, and yet also be so unbelievably, and obviously complex. It is an amazing feat of modern and cutting edge music.
‘Progress’ is out on the 16th October via Paper Bag Records.