Staff Pick: Prince Rama at Skylab

From the December 13, 2012 edition

Top Ten Hits Of the End Of the World is one of those concept albums that threatens to be more fun to read about than to actually listen to. Prince Rama, the experimental psych project of Hare Krishna-raised, art-schooled, Paw Tracks-signed sisters Taraka and Nimai Larson, imagined and impersonated 10 chart-topping bands from the eve of the apocalypse. They even took separate promo photos disguised as each fictional performer. It’s a brilliant conceit, and even if the difference between some of the fake bands is negligible (most of them basically sound like Prince Rama), the end result of the Larsons’ creative jog is immersive and alluring. It also raises the question of whether they’ll change costumes for every song Tuesday at Skylab, Gaga-style.