First post should be a momentous one, right?
The first record from Everett, Washington’s Parenthetical Girls justly fits this criteria. Originally released on vinyl in 2004, then re-mastered in 2006, (((GRRRLS))) is an atmospheric, delicately lyricised electronic-slash-orchestra love affair that is kinda-sorta-not-really-but-oh-so-close to perfect. There’s a quiet poeticism beneath singer Zac Pennington’s (aka, the dude behind Slender Means Society) lyrics that slips so smoothly between the edges of the record’s closeted, doleful electro-pop that at once nods to his Morrissey fixation and also musical partnership with Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart and The Dead Science’s Jherek Bischoff, whose ‘mixing treatments’ of the record’s seven songs follow the original seven, thusly doubling its tracks to fourteen.
Most unfortunately, P-Grrrls have taken a bit of an ill-advised stylistic 180 with their latest offering, Entanglements. Sigh. At least we’ll always have (((GRRRLS))).
- Personal Rating: 9/10 awesomes.
- Best Track: Love Connection
- Reference points: Xiu Xiu, The Dead Science, Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, Dirty Projectors, High Places, Au.
Here is the band’s page, where you can purchase their releases.
(Posted by S.)