Prinze George La Sala Rossa, Montreal QC, September 19
Published Sep 20, 2015At first glance, Prinze George seem to be the embodiment of indie-pop opulence. Dressed entirely in white with gold and fur accents, it would be easy to write off the Brooklyn-based foursome as gimmicky — if they weren't so talented.
They've only been active for a little under two years, but Prinze George have begun to carve out their own space in the expansive world of pop with their delicate blend of baroque, synth-driven ballads drawing comparisons to everyone from Lana Del Rey and London Grammar to Mr. Little Jeans and MS MR. As they launched into a flawless cover of "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac a few songs into their set, lead singer Naomi Almquist seemed to embody a young Stevie Nicks, even if only for a brief moment.
Joined later by her opera singer mother (also dressed in white) for a song, Almquist and co. led the somewhat skeptical audience into honest, vulnerable territory; they loosened up and slowly, but surely, became absorbed into the performance. Buoyant and confident, Prinze George's songs are lovely, but meld together in a slightly unsatisfying way with some songs becoming almost indiscernible the next when played live. When all is said and done, Prinze George are a charming band who could benefit from a small push of the envelope.