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Parker And Lily
The Low Lows
Warm Electronic Recordings
www.parkerandlily.com


You may remember the first Parker And Lily record being reviewed here in Hybrid some time ago. I was just a reader then, but I was intrigued enough to go out and purchase the record. I've played that record many times over the years. I bought the second record when it was released a couple of years ago. It didn't appeal to me quite as much as the first record, but was still a staple in my listening for quite a few months. I am happy to report that the new record, The Low Lows, is all that I had hoped it would be.

Back are the strangely eerie keyboards that drift above sparse rhythms. The songs are thickly orchestrated and full of beautiful sounds. At times, there are distinct Americana tones to the music without ever invoking a feeling of country music - more of a southern sound. Parker's vocals are drenched in reverbs thicker than Phil Spector ever dreamed of, further obscuring the mumbled lyrical lines. The lyrics are amazing on this record, showing real growth in Parker's writing, and it is definitely worth the time to sit and listen and try to cipher them out of the mix. "I shine at night time/ I light up a party when I arrive/ This suit of fire is so bright that I might burn your eyes when I decide to Flame On." Poetry is more inherent on this record than on previous outings, relying more on metaphor than on telling the story of the doomed lovers in literal fashion.

As the story goes, this record is the end of the trilogy of the romance of Parker and Lily, who began their courtship on the heady romantic Hello Halo. Things began falling apart on Here Comes Winter, as the couple found themselves beginning to doubt their love, while continuing to revel in it at the same time. The Low Lows is most definitely the end of the relationship. The mood is darker, more somber, than ever before, even lacking in the occasional moment of loving clarity. There are songs of regret and songs of vehemence… but the overall feeling is that of giving it your best shot, and still falling short. Pure disappointment. This is not how love is supposed to end.

-L. Keane

Track Listing:

1. The Low Lows
2. I Am A Gun
3. June Gloom
4. User's Guide
5. The Last Good Night
6. Suit Of Fire
7. Invisible Cities
8. Candy's Last Day
9. Smashing Party


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