'Music For First Contact', the accomplished new album from Post Coal Prom Queen, explores humanity’s first contact with extra-terrestrial intelligence through the prism of political satire, Scottish identity and the cosmic sociology of cult sci-fi author Cixin Liu.
Fusing elements of contemporary jazz and serene neo-classical with smart songwriting, nostalgic synths, ethereal vocals and rhythms created via their own version of Morse Code, 'Music For First Contact' is a galactic pop opera which aims high and hits the bullseye of both accessibility and ambition.
Music for First Contact is out now.
"as prescient and visionary as their avant-garde capabilities"
The Skinny - ★★★★
"a deep and intensely satisfying listen"
"an absorbing listen...epic"
The Scotsman - ★★★★
"heights of perfection...cinematic, delicate beauty"
Clash - 8/10
Click here to listen to the album on your preferred streaming monolith.
Music for First Contact debuted at the 2022 Hidden Door Festival to a sold out audience. Throughout the day the festival attendees voted on whether or not humanity should make first contact with extraterrestrials. It was announced during the show that 92% of people were in favour of making contact.
Post Coal Prom Queen (PCPQ) are Lily Higham and
Soprano vocals on tracks 1-3,5-8 - Stephanie Lamprea
Violin on tracks 1,2,4,5,7 - Laura Wilkie
Saxophone on tracks 1,2,4,5,7,8 - Calum Cummins
Piano on tracks 1,5 - Baichuan Hui
Synth bass on track 2 and guitar on track 7 - Phil McBride
Everything else by PCPQ.
Produced and mixed by PCPQ and Phil McBride at
The Sonic Lodge recording studio in Edinburgh.
Mastered by Louis Lemoine-Soubeyrat.
PCPQ designed a series of propaganda posters to encourage attendees at the Hidden Door Festival to vote in the upcoming referendum on First Contact. You can find them below - click on the thumbnail to make them bigger.