Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sparrow takes
art-pop into the realm of world music with an orchestral stylizing
relatable to Rasputina and flowery atmospherics like Goldfrapp
on her latest record Lost Friends And New Found Habits. Recording
under the moniker of Doctors And Dealers, the Stockholm native
liberally punctuates her songs with glockenspiel chimes rinsed in
carnival toned motifs that give her tracks an amiable personality
and a classic polish which brands her songs in showtune's pomp and
The toe tapping beats of "On The Dancefloor" and "Rock
'n' Roll Dream" have a club vibe powered in plump gyrations and
a Brit-pop frosting like Lily Allen. The theatrical stylizing
of Sparrow's piano keys in "The Butterfly Effect" have a
waltzing tempo garbed in delicate flute overtones which shifts into
a cabaret sizzle in "He Went Down" and a carnival medley
kettled in bobbing beats through "The Odds Are On Our Side."
The plush parfait of twinkling piano keys and lounging cello wiggles
in "How Many Hours Can A Cat Stay Asleep" have a showtune
shimmer, while the merry-go-round strokes of "Allison" are
molded in comely keys and swiveling chimes.
The smoky horns of "Airport Blues" are strapped in flexing
melodica reels, and the folksy guitar strums of "Cold War"
are roasted in foamy synths. The gypsy gait of "He Said That
I Was Crazy" is braced in whipping tambourine spins, and the
wavy swells of "A Phone Call Home" have fairytale overtones.
The graceful escalations in "Just Another Feeling" create
a sweet fluidity, and the buoyant ukulele strokes of "I Finally
Found It" are garnished in old fashioned tones with a rowboat
paddling in the rhythmic beats that has a romantic flare.
Sparrow plays all of the instruments on the recording, making their
placement in the arrangements melodically suited. From orchestral
tones like the cello and flute to the woodsy esthetics of the clarinet
and trumpet and the wavy confections made by the melodica and piano
keys, Sparrow is a one woman band who treats pop music as a form of
art that brings out her character and ardor. Her songs are amiable
and intricately woven displaying a talent that inspires positive sensations.
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