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The best kept secret in music


"Prelude review from"

Reality TV is mimicking us, and we're buying it. At least that's what I hear in "Modern Art of Seduction", the corporate-soured, anti-sellout opening track of Prelude. Like the last Prospect EP, the tracks on Prelude are a good blend of electronics and organics, but this time the guitars are hella distorted and loud, and the beats don't just make you think about moving your feet, they actually kick your ass around the dance floor. On the iPod commercial candidate "Friend for a While", you're told to "Move on over/ Cuz you're not not dancin'." Sounds like that sexy drunk bitch at the party who unknowingly elbows you in the ribs and spills her appletini on your back while trying to bust her move.

Jonathan Flugel's life has definitely changed since moving to New York. He's not afraid to get a little rough with big drum n' bass beats and sleazy lines like "You'll never know what you do to me", "In the back of a movie theater/ In the corner of the store/ Inside of my own movie", "I don't love you/ You don't even care." Its love and its hate and you get them both in larger doses than you're used to. Its different, its not canned and its the real deal.

Prelude even touches on the worst kind of real. The completion of the EP is dedicated in memory of Hannah Shickley, a friend of Flugel's who died in a car crash earlier this year. FridayLove, the fifth track, is named after Hannah's MySpace handle. This one is slower, softer, sweeter, even if its bittersweet. I can't make out all of the words-- they're extra whispery and crackly-- but it makes me think they're more personal. The mood continues into Prelude's closer, "Rising to Set", a slow buringing familiar track that also appeared on the last Prospect EP. This incarnation is much more than a rehash so don't even think you're getting jipped; it shows up here a lot more developed. The acoustic drums that charge in near the end courtesy of sometimes colaborator Joel Aaron really ramp up the gut wrench and help push Flugel's normally scratchy, growlish whisper into a scream that proves he means it.

Prelude definitely ups the ante and shows the Prospect sound has developed a lot over the past year. You can download all six tracks for free on the Prospect website, or buy the hardcopy off of CD Baby for about 7 bucks, which is totally worth it just because its one of those vinyl CDs-- you know a CD that looks like a record, complete with faux grooves and a black bottom surface-- which might sound a little hokie but looks pretty good. Either way, check it out.

-Hudson, November 07, 2006

"David Lyons"

As an online music reviewer, I/we look for music that is "new" and "innovative". This freshman effort by Prospect encompasses all things new and exciting. One can hear many influences in this music, yet it somehow remains totally original and edgey...4 out of 5 starts for this CD.

"Indofunk review"

Jonathan Flugel knows good music. That much is obvious. He knows bad ass beats and pain killer melodies. That's obvious too. And he's been hurt before. Maybe he's still hurting. But he's honest. You can't fake the broken heart behind the raspy voice in Flugel's latest offering, a 4 song E.P. under the Prospect moniker.

Trip hop. Downtempo. Electro-grunge. Whatever. It's rainy day music groovy enough to make you kind of happy, even though you're miserable. It works because you're smart enough to know it'll get better later. It sounds like Flugel is the same way. Until it actually gets better, he'll keep trying to find reasons to torture himself. And when you think about it that way, his music sounds pretty. Because there's hope. It's definitely a journal, not a cry for help.

Besides 100-pound beats and scratchy vocals, the next obvious aspect of the Prospect sound is the often unexplored mixture of organics and electronics; underprocessed acoustic guitars balance dangerously tweaked-out synth patches, like vodka and vermouth. And it's extra dirty. Flugel must share his bed with a controller keyboard, twisting its knobs and jerking its faders late at night when he should be keeping his hands to himself and counting sheep. His obsession with unique patches shows in the recording. But eventually he'll get caught cheating on this E.P.'s soft-synths with a hot young Micro Korg. Can you blame him for being such a touch and feel tech-whore?

Flugel's electro obsession doesn't outshine his rock influence though. Good riffs and vocal delivery keep the balance from tipping. In standout fashion, the Cobain-unplugged acoustic rhythms driving the chorus of "Terrace" give way to clever sample-drag-turned-digital-lead skills before returning to the telling line "Cound I be the one that you kissed? The one that you missed?"

You can round up 3 cd players (or your PC, your laptop, and cd player), put on Portishead, Nirvana, and DJ Shadow at the same time. Then break up with your significant other, light up a cigarette, close your eyes, and try to dance a little. But don't move your feet. That's not exactly right, but it will do. Actually, I'm lazy, I'd just spin Prospect on "Repeat All".
- Hudson


Comp A - Torched Records 11/05
Prelude- EP (10/06)
Burn Your Bridges (sometime in 2007)


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Prospect's approach is rooted somewhere between old school punk ethics and the underground electronic music community. Prospect, which is Jonathan Flugel, has been experimenting with songwriting since the age of 12. Even at an early age, Flugel expressed himself using not just a guitar and his voice, but also began utilizing samplers and drum machines. Throughout his late teens Flugel was part of several local bands in South Florida that developed loyal fan bases and even major label attention. Now he has come full circle in sonic experimentations. The style which Prospect produces has been described as somewhere between trip hop and punk, often described in short as "neo-electro-punk" (whatever the hell that is). With a record release in early 2006 and several other releases and collaborations planned (most notibly with The Metrosexuals) Prospect's future looks very promising.