Prisoner of Mars is the brainchild of Phil Galloni & Cameron Ljungkull. The duo, originally from the Midwest, met in Los Angeles and began writing together, bonding over their eclectic music tastes.
The result of this collaborative instrumental/experimental project came to be known as Prisoner of Mars. Borrowing its name from 90s avant-pop group Stereolab, the project takes inspiration from across a broad musical spectrum – from 90s hip hop, to 70s soul, 80s pop, and 90s underground avant pop – with a vision to create a unique soundscape that stands apart from the assembly-line pop production of the 21st century. There vision is most certainly realised on their brand new single, ‘Cityscapes’.
Adding the talent of Alex Kyhn (bass, Macy Gray) and Ian Wurfl (drums/percussion), they eek out a perfect blend of organic and synthetic sounds. ‘Cityscapes’ is a smooth, lavish and carefully weaved blend of mellow hip hop and trip hop grooves – peppered with brass above and a muffled, dreamy bassline running beneath it; this is a breezy, easy on the ears slice of fresh, jazzy hip-hop seduction. A warm aural feast of silky smooth vibes and lush allure – marvellous stuff.
Listen to ‘Cityscapes’ below – it is lifted from their forthcoming EP Dream Cell, out April 7, 2020.