PRINZHORN DANCE SCHOOL
Announce ‘Home Economics’,
due 8th June on DFA Records
UK Live Dates
Listen to ‘Reign’
DFA Records are excited to announce the release of Home Economics, the new album from Prinzhorn Dance School, on 8th June. The band have just unveiled a track from the album entitled ‘Reign‘ which can be heard below…
Prinzhorn Dance School – Reign
The duo will also be playing a string of live dates this summer, including a headline show at St Pancras Old Church on 12th June:
April 18th – Spectrum: Records Store Day, Brighton
June 7th – Zdravo Mladi Festival, Skopje
June 8th – The Green Door Store, Brighton
June 12th – St Pancras Old Church, London
“When our first album came out,” Tobin Prinz (guitar, voice) remembers, “we were awkward, miserable…” “Nervous, uncooperative” chips in Suzi Horn (bass, voice, drums), pausing just long enough for Tobin to supply the punchline – “and now look at us!” Prinzhorn Dance School are still recognisably the same spiky Brighton-based duo whose ultra-rigorous debut cut through the excess of 2008 like a scimitar through bacon fat. But with their trademark stripped-down intensity now winningly off-set by moments of unabashed tenderness, their third album Home Economics continues and even accelerates the move away from austerity and into human warmth begun by its acclaimed 2011 predecessor Clay Class.
The starting point for the new record was the band’s “amazing” first US shows – two of their own and a triumphant showing at DFA’s 12th anniversary – in May 2013. Inspired by their American adventure, Prinzhorn Dance School brought the recording process in from the cold of the red shed to the heart of their everyday lives. Played and recorded on the move between different flats in Brighton and Hove, then wheeled around town on a hard-drive wrapped in a sleeping bag in a specially-adapted suitcase, Home Economics gave them an escape route from “that frustration you feel when you spend days trying to recapture the intimacy of a particular moment”, Tobin remembers. “This time we could just use the original take, so sometimes these songs are almost like field recordings”.
All the best 6-track albums – The Fall’s Slates, Orange Juice’s Texas Fever – know exactly what they want to say and how they intend to say it. Home Economics shares that infectious sense of urgency. There’s not an inch of spare meat on it – from ‘Reign’’s snatched moment of optimism, through Battlefield’s restorative meeting of minds with an urban fox on a drunken walk home in the early hours, to ‘Let Me Go’s concluding tribute to “a love that won’t rewind and will not be deleted”. Spindly yet sensuous, together and alone, exquisitely sad but somehow full of hope, Prinzhorn Dance School knit together disparate and even opposite fragments into an utterly satisfying whole.
Home Economics will be released 8th June on DFA Records. Album artwork, tracklisting and new photo by Dean Chalkley below: