Pree: 'Heaven Is A Drag"

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Though Pree is a young band, many of its members and guest contributors to the group's debut EP, A Chopping Block, have been involved with various music projects, notably Pree's leader, May Tabol. Tabol says "Pree has certainly been colored by Le Loup," her previous musical project, but she emphasizes that "it's difficult to compare the two projects." Though Pree shares a number of Le Loup's animating elements, Tabol's current project seems more intimate, rustic, folk-tinged.

Tabol lent only backing vocals when she was a member of Le Loup, but with Pree, she assumes a more prominent role as lead vocalist, which lets her showcase her talents as a singer. Tabol's vocals are hearty, rich, and comforting. From a small child, to a widow's dead husband, to a maid, Tabol portrays a series of narrators with fractured, but honest stories who are each trying to understand "the events going on around them." Many voices color A Chopping Block, but their stories all seem to contain an otherworldly third party: ghosts. Though the presence of these spirits is somewhat unsettling, oddly enough, they seem to be a normal part of everyday life for these characters. Occasionally, strange sounds—like the creak of a gate door closing in "Light Fails"—turn up on A Chopping Block, as if the ghosts Tabol sings of are present not just in the minds of her narrators but on the EP, itself.

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