Debut album by Prophecy Playground, Comfort Zone, is a one way ticket into the real comfort zone of auditory experiences. Sounding like it could be the soundtrack to an angelic wedding in the sky, this is a record made of everything pure, lovely, and calm. Unmistakably cushy and soft in tone, with lots of psychedelic atmospheres reminiscent of the most vulnerable moments we’ve had with names like The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Simon and Garfunkel.
Every single track starts out in such a fashion that you can feel your soul opening up like a flower, slowly yet perfectly. You can’t come across a single harsh moment, as singer-songwriter Or Izekson has a wonderful understanding of texture and contrast in sound. The recording being all acoustic instruments brings a very organic feel, having not any blockage between the human experience of playing music and listening to that very recording. The delicate arrangements are thanks to pianist and composer Yasmin Raviv, who working with Izekson’s outstanding songwriting and experienced producer Gil Smetana, bring together three great aspects of what make this an irreplaceable album.
Coming back to texture, another great aspect that makes this album successful, are the instrumental pairings. For example, violin and guitar always make a nice pair because of the contrasting sounds coming from similar instruments: Plucking and strumming versus stroking the strings creates great depth, and adding flutes or ukulele at times makes the overall tone very sweet. Similarly, Izekson’s vocals sound better with backup vocals, not to cover his voice, but to make more of a parallel between the marriage of violin and guitar (among other great pairings present in this album) and the marriage of different voices.
An exciting and complex album, Comfort Zone is still as sweet and soft as they come. Skillful instrumentals and deep poetic content are the game, and there’s no halfway effort. Prophecy Playground is an artistic force to be reckoned with.
Written by Talia Plante
*Edited by Dominic Abate