‘Beneath the post-industrial underground’ best describes my encounter and critical placement of Prana Crafter and their Rupture of Planes sophomore full-length release. How I somehow managed to bypass this act in my online music travels annoys me greatly. Having said that, William Sol hasn’t gone to great lengths to utilise the vast array of modern mediums to promote himself. His intentions and focus have been dedicated elsewhere.
Taking on musical and mixing responsibility for the vast array of instrumentation and accompanied rogue embellishment that he produces would make even the most talented of multi-instrumentalists quiver. Quite plainly, Sol has talent and a voice to boot. A rock tempo, psychedelic groove, and rustic timbre create an avant-garde perspective from the get-go. This theme is constant and increases in quality and style as the tracks unfold. He showcases his talent through instrumental pieces and ballads that modern and commercial artists should envy. One element that I frequently reflect on is his vocal accent. There is no doubting his American origins, and this is confirmed in the cover notes as all songs having been written, arranged, and performed in the forests of Washington State. This adds an aesthetic that exemplifies the aforementioned sounds and instrumentation.
The ballad, ‘Tara, Do You Remember the Way?’, stands a chance of becoming a piece of Americana and folk-music treasure. Sol makes himself a worthy candidate to replace Bob Seger in the Silver Bullet Band, singing this piece in a way that is eerily similar to ‘Night Moves’. Both songs are sung with similar lyrical elegance and vocal class, or, to a lesser extent, his musical talents would suit that of his Canadian counterpart in Neil Young’s Crazy Horse Band.
Just when you think you’ve got this record pegged, it distracts you and walks off on a new tangent exploring progressive rock, acid folk, and deep grooves. There is nothing stale, off-key, or amateur about this recording—or its creator, for that matter.
The psych-rock scene has as many artists as albums, and with a back catalogue and two releases since this one, Sol is increasing this perceived ratio within the genre. Whilst the class of his ballads doesn’t carry through all of his tracks, his honesty does. With a bit more promotion, Prana Crafter stands a good chance of emerging from beneath the underground to be anointed on a worthy pedestal within the scene. Surely, with a little effort and perseverance, the project will enjoy critical success.
01) Forest at First Light
02) Diamond Cutter of the Jagged Mountain
03) Rupture of Planes
04) Moksha of Melting Mind
05) Tara, Do You Remember the Way?
06) Treasure in a Ruin
07) Dharma Dripping Lotus
09) Birth of Blooming Thunder
10) Fog has Lifted
11) Prana Crafter’s Abode
12) Mudra of the Mountain Throned