Priests second EP, The Seduction of Kansas, released through Sister Polygon Records, is a journey into the science and politics into the art of seduction. An energetic and dynamic album, a love letter to pop-culture, art, and history, this album is layered with references beyond the internal history of the band.
The first track of the album, “Jesus’ Son” has a Lou Reed flare, featuring a character in the song, who’s semi-obsessed with violence. Similar to the protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye (1951), Holden Caulfield’s personality shows the human condition of desire for complete domination and living under an oppressive puritanical society. With that in mind, the track’s lyrical content has a sense of looming sincerity and emotional baggage that we, as a society, have yet to unpack.
Following with the theme of near dystopian Americana, the album progresses into one of the later tracks, “Control Freak”. A feedback heavy power punk piece that sticks in your throat, and evokes a sense of defensiveness and confidence. The heavier instrumentals and wild vocals layered over the tracks give an excellent sense of abandonment, while the deeper content is politically intense and anxiety affirming. The album chronicles the Millennial plight, the consistent and gnawing anxiety that just manifests itself and never disappears.
The Seduction of Kansas is incredibly smart and engaging, a wonderful addition to the ongoing discussion about the current state of the union. A political powerhouse and artistic tour de force, this extended commentary deserves all the attention it gets.