Prairie Cat 'Who Knows Where to Begin?' (album stream)

Prairie Cat 'Who Knows Where to Begin?' (album stream)
Cary Pratt is one of Vancouver's busiest drummers, having lent his talents to the likes of Mounties' live lineup and Said the Whale recently, but he's now finally ready to release his first album in five years under the moniker Prairie Cat. Who Knows Where to Begin? is due out on August 5, and it's available to stream ahead of time on Exclaim.ca.

The album was recorded with Mounties/Limblifter member Ryan Dahle at Greenhouse Studios in Vancouver. The results expand on the quirkily bummed-out keyboard stylings of his past work by incorporating strings and guitars into the catchy pop arrangements.

Beginning with a tinkling music box, the opening title cut is a charming tale of romantic loss that sets the tone for the collection. "Got Nothin'" and "No Bedroom" are similarly bouncy in their melancholia, while "Bad Storm" and "Some Friends May Go" are more overtly mournful in their orchestrations.

This stream closes with the bonus cut "On a Lamb," an electronic pop number that was mixed with Hot Hot Heat leader Steve Bays as a last-minute inclusion.

Hear it all below.