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Doctors And Dealers
Lost Friends And New Found Habits
Blue Song Records
www.doctorsanddealers.com


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 cabaret-tinged garnish.

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.

-Susan Frances

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