Boston’s Pray for Sound began as a solo act in 2011. After releasing an EP, a single and a live set, the solo act has developed into a quintet. The name refers to frontman Bruce Malley’s struggle with hearing loss and subsequent surgery; he prays for sound not only to be heard, but to be heard clearly. And so it is no small coincidence that Pray for Sound’s debut album is sharply mastered by Nick Zampiello, who has also worked with Caspian and Pelican. The result is a an answered prayer.
The shift to a larger set of performers makes for a much larger sound. Throw in a couple extra players on three tracks and the stage becomes packed. These guests contribute violin, viola and light wordless vocals, adding nuance to an already complex equation.
As may be gleaned from the cover image, Dreamer is a concept album, with each…
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