Genres: instrumental rock, experimental rock,
Temporary Residence Limited
PO Box 11390
Portland OR 97211
Aug 18 - 24 2003
months after their debut album, Octopus Off-Broadway, was
released, Parlour are at it again. Six enticing, melodic
instrumentals inhabit their new release, Googler, and despite
the lack of vocals, this could be one of the most infectious albums
out this year. Right from the subtly angular opener, "Jololinine"
(take that, Penguin's Big Book of Tongue Twisters), the band grabs
your attention. Second track "Distractor" is dark and warped
in its eerie melody; it's amazing that the band can control the
music's mood so well simply by their use of melodies.
The album's best and most climactic moment is "Svrendikditement,"
a spacey, electronic track. It's almost hypnotic, kind of like new age
music except without that corny Yanni factor. It is pretty
abrasive in comparison to some of the album's other moments, but it
doesn't seem out of place.
Altogether, this is a very successful instrumental album, but not
an essential one. It's easy to get hooked on Googler, but Parlour's
tunes sometimes fade into the background. Regardless, this disc makes
for a very rewarding and pleasurable experience.
[Vitals: 6 tracks, distributed by the
label, released January 21, 2003]