Taraka explains that "trust" and "now" have been important "power words" throughout the last year. It's evident in her "Now Age" manifesto that accompanies the album: an eight-chapter reflection on the concert and the vinyl record as utopic paradigms, "hyparctic songs," connecting to "the ecstasy of the present," and even her bedazzled dresses (which "catch light . . . creating a feedback loop and energetic exchange between material and space as well as a portal between the mundane and the luminous").

Despite the surface eccentricity, Prince Rama captivate both with their ingenuousness and their comprehensive sense of craft. And in a contemporary music culture insistently looking back in time for reference points (Prince Rama describe it as "ghost-modern"), Trust Now uplifts with its focus on immersive experiences and embracing "the now." Prince Rama want you to zone in, lose yourself, and "realize the real."

Prince Rama open for Omar Souleyman at Brighton Music Hall on November 1 @ 8 pm | 18+ | $20 | 617.876.4275 or worldmusic.org 

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