Upright and Heaving
by Dan
Please note: MP3s are only kept online for a short time, and if this entry is from more than a couple of weeks ago, the music probably won't be available to download any more.


Parenthetical Girls - "Four Words"

This is the opening track on the Parenthetical Girls' new foray into a cloud of earnest brilliance, their hollywood-broadway-avant-garde musical Entanglements. I never thought of it before, but it's a perfect fit for Zac Pennington's already well-instantiated style; lead role in a musical. From the moment he starts his cooing warble, and his imagery that pushes on that part between your thumb and finger (the part that schoolyard rumour had it was connected straight to your brain) the album gallops away and never looks back (but of course always looking kind of back). The album is really wondrous, just to listen to it, you can't really do anything else, it's like being covered in three feet of velvet and jewels and creams. But specifically, "Four Words", like much of Entanglements, is made of very heavy orchestration, at times almost too heavy for Zac to hold cupped in his hand, but it's perfect for his character who is being overcome by music, by words, near possessed. What I love most about Parenthetical Girls, and it's true here, and all through Entanglements, is how unbearably sexy they are. Like, sexy to the point where I can't bear it, it becomes dangerous, dark, harrowing. "Four Words" is the extremely tempting beginning to a story full of moments lush, carnal*, and true. [Pre-order for the Sept 9th release]

*yes, sexual, but also just "relating to the body", Pennington is a genius of evoking horror and pure ecstasy about the human body.

[Zac also wrote for us some time ago]


Quintron - "Model Ex-Citizen"

Here comes Quintron, carrying a roller-coaster organ and a drum machine. He's here for you. He knows it's Friday. [site]

Posted by Dan at August 22, 2008 3:43 PM

i love pg

Posted by matthew at August 23, 2008 5:42 PM

diggin on pg as well.

Posted by hmd1987 at August 23, 2008 8:03 PM

for some reason I missed this post this week (shock! horror!) and discovered it this morning. the PG track is like being winded into action

it's zestyyyyy!

Posted by Bethan at August 30, 2008 5:40 AM

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