Wednesday, April 30, 2014
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: SUNPARLOUR PLAYERS - THE LIVING PROOF
Delightfully, the bare tunes have great lyrics, such as Old Fashioned Face, a hymn to lived-in spaces, familiar places and home sweet home: "Tonight I want to look into that map that shows your age/You've got an old-fashioned face." In less ambitious hands, this would just be a nice strumming number, but the Parlour Twins accent the spaces in the first verse with quick electric guitar and drum slashes. By the chorus, they're adding ringing vibes to the acoustic, and then on the next verse, martial drumming joins in. There's a ton of great singing throughout as well, lots of fine harmonies and echoed whoa-oh-oh's. It's the juxtaposition of folk sounds and rock bluster that makes this so different, and a fascinating take on the acoustic music renaissance.