Last Friday night, we caught up with our pals Taraka and Nimai Larson, aka Brooklyn-based duo Prince Rama, after their show at Neumo's. They had just finished performing a set of transcendental jams from their new album Trust Now, recorded earlier this year in Seattle by Scott Colburn. The sisters were so glammed out in metallic face paint and layers of golden necklaces that we had to snap some quick photos for the Cairo blog.
Where did you get your necklaces?
Nimai: Our grandmother!
Taraka: They're ANCESTRAL!
As it turns out, the metallic costumes are not just beautiful on stage, they're part of Prince Rama's metaphysical master plan as outlined on now-age.org, Taraka Larson's digital manifesto on art, performance and spirituality:
"Now Age aesthetics embrace materials and sounds that exist in a mutually engaged and reciprocal relationship with their environment. An example would be reflective materials that catch the light from their environment and reflect it back into their environment, thus creating a feedback loop and energetic exchange between material (tangible) and space (intangible) as well as a portal between the mundane (real) and the luminous (potential).
MATERIAL SHOULD ENGAGE WITH THE REALM OF LIGHT AND SHADOW."
Trust Now is currently available from Paw Tracks Records. Prince Rama also contributed an exclusive track to the Portable Shrines Magic Sound Theatre Vol. I compilation, which is available for purchase through Cairo, where you can also find plenty of materials that engage with the realm of light and shadow.