Release Date: 11 March 2016
Format: LP Vinyl
|Parlour Tricks Broken Hearts/Bones Limited Vinyl LP
Parlour Tricks has spent the last couple of years building a loyal fan base and wowing critics with their knockout three-part harmonies, lustrous melodies and chameleonic blend of pop and modern indie-rock. Lead singer and songwriter Lily Cato, bassist and synth player Brian Kesley, drummer Terry Moore and guitarist Angelo Spagnolo met in college and first played together on a whim when Cato decided to try her hand at songwriting. A few months later Cato asked Morgane Hollowell and Darah "DeeDee" Golub (also friends from college) to join when she realized that nearly every song she'd written was begging for three female voices. From there, the sextet has been inseparable. As much as the band cares about creating evocative songs, they also want to ensure that each of their performances is a memorable experience for fans in other ways. "The music can speak for itself, but we want to offer something visually exciting in addition," Cato says. Matching clothing and synchronized dance moves might be as integral to a Parlour Tricks show as the music but at the end of the day, making sure that everyone is having a blast both onstage and off is paramount to all six members. Seeing as how the Village Voice named them 2014's Best Pop Band in New York City, it seems like a mission accomplished. Influenced as much by the Andrews Sisters as she is by Vampire Weekend, Cato's first few years of songwriting kept the lyrical spotlight away from herself and instead found inspiration in other people's stories, newspaper articles, and books. "I'd write a story for a song the same way you might write a story for a novel," she says. But for almost all the songs on the band's upcoming album, Cato challenged herself by becoming her own muse. For the first time, on the heels of a particularly infuriating fight with her boyfriend, Cato was inspired to channel deeply personal thoughts and frustrations into her songwriting, with no characters or outlying stories to hide behind. While her ideas were becoming more intimate lyrically, the band began exploring expansive new terrain together musically. Inspired by Cato's simple demos on omnichord (the instrument on which she often writes), Kesley began incorporating synths into their live setup. Spagnolo began experimenting more boldly with ambient loops and textures on his guitar, and Moore added electronic drums. Although Cato, Hollowell and Golub's rich three-part harmony still remained as the heart and foundation of their sound, the band found themselves in brand new territory which they readily embraced as their playground. In 2014, PARLOUR TRICKS performed two sets at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Summerfest with KONGOS, alongside Portugal. The Man at a Lollapalooza after party, and CMJ Music Marathon. Just returning from their third South by Southwest the band performed as an official artist at four showcases including Rachael Ray's Feedback House, Hype Hotel's Conflict of Interest Showcase, and completed a intriguing Riverview Session for Paste Magazine. PARLOUR TRICKS have also acquired rave reviews from the likes of EARMILK, The Village Voice, Audiotree, Daytrotter, InStyle Magazine, Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy , All Things Go, among others. The band calls their music pop, but they're perfectly happy not being able to specify exactly what that means. "Pop was a dirty word for a while," says Cato. "Not anymore. The idea of pop music has changed. It's still changing. Now it seems like a hundred different genres at once. It gives us a lot of room to explore."
Lovesongs / Gone / The Storm / Broken Hearts/Bones / Easy / Bukowski / Walk In The Park / Little Angel / When The Stars Went Out / Requiem