The folk music purveyed in by the quartet Pawns or Kings is certainly befitting of their native Ozark Mountains in the American Midwest. However, the group’s music takes on a curious light when one considers its origins: Pawns or Kings arose from the prog rock outfit the Race to Olvido. Listening to the former band’s newest album, 2014’s Pomme de Terre, it’s hard to imagine the music coming from the world of Dream Theater-esque shredding, but lo and behold these four musicians pulled the transition off.
Below you can watch the video for the Pomme de Terre tune “Light Over the Ridge”, which was filmed at a transitory moment in the life of Pawns or Kings.
Lead vocalist and banjo picker Ed Stengel tells PopMatters, “This is a look into our lives. I was just about to leave on a long trip to Asia and it took a lot to leave that farm and the people I love there. We had one last big night there before I left and that became this video. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did making it.”
Pomme de Terre is out now. You can stream and purchase it below via Bandcamp: