After multiple singles pointing to the obvious, Estonian dream pop and shoegaze band Pia Fraus has finally released their latest album in their two-decade career titled “Empty Parks” on the Seksound / Vinyl Junkie label. Unless you’re a diehard fan (and that’s awesome tbh) and knew about this a week ago(1/20/20), check out the album here and all other major platforms. For the uninformed, Pia Fraus is Eve Komp, Kärt Ojavee, Rein Fuks, Reijo Tagapere and Joosep Volk. Formed in 1998 between six art school students, Pia Fraus have released five studio albums and a handful of EPs on various record labels. The band is easily compared to Slowdive in how they boast a sublime mixture of dream pop, subtle shoegaze, and beautiful electronica blissfully topped off with shimmering layered male-female vocals in tandem. That said, the band has enough work to stand on its own in the shoegaze and dream pop world.
This is their follow up to 2018’s “Field Ceremony” and is produced and mixed by John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea and Cake, Stereolab, Broken Social Scene, Teenage Fanclub) at Soma Electronic Music Studios in Nevada City, California, and mastered by 21 time Estonian Music Award winner Lauri Liivak.
“This is the poppiest album we’ve ever made. It’s melancholy and happy at the same time – definitely happier than our latest ‘Field Ceremony’ album. To work with John McEntire was my teenage wet dream. I have been a massive fan of John’s work over the years, and I never thought that one day I have a chance to sit next to this guy and make my own record. Of course, it was quite challenging and stressful for me,” says frontman Rein Fuks.
“Although the process of making this album wasn’t been the easiest, I associate this album relates mostly with the feeling of happiness and positivism. The awareness of being able to be hopeful and make jokes about life even if everything seems to going downhill,” says vocalist Eve Komp.
Check out the mini-documentary on Pia Fraus below and also listen to the ‘Hidden Parks’ from the album of the same name. As of this moment, Pia Fraus is wrapping up a tour that brought them to Japan.
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