Pop / Idol-Pop
Live in Berlin Dez.2008 at Club Lido by nuflicks.de
orchestral song cycle of grand sonic ambition, Entanglements is an
eleven-song, linear narrative of ascendancy, adolescent sexuality,
quantum mechanics, consent, and other moral ambiguities - all set to an
elaborately orchestrated olio of Modern Classical and timeworn,
traditional American pop forms.
Borrowing from the string-swept sentimentality of unlikely pop-ulists
like Van Dyke Parks, Scott Walker, Jack Nitzsche, and Burt Bacharach,
Entanglements draws colorful lines across the expanse between these
orchestral pop antiquities and the more formidable strains of Modern
Classical composers - its hues distantly reminiscent of names like
Krzysztof Penderecki, Philip Glass, and Gavin Bryars. The result - as
blended with Parenthetical Girls' already messily dripping palette - is
an unsettlingly relentless emotional offensive; a gasping, restless
confluence of cerebral and sentimental disparities, bound for their
mutual allegiance to the uncannily timeless soundtrack that engulfs
"...one of 2008's great misunderstood albums"--The Onion
ENTANGLEMENTS will be in stores Sept. 9th, 2008 via Tomlab & Slender Means Society
JUNE 27TH, 2006
PARENTHETICAL GIRLS-Safe As Houses:
with the bands recent three-piece configuration (an ensemble made up of
Zac Pennington and Dead Science members Sam Mickens and Jherek
Bischoff--who also served as producer for the record), "Safe As Houses"
embraces the groups shrewd attention to the awkward confluence of
experimental and pop musics--creating a record that is at once more
difficult and more intrinsically palatable (not to mention
significantly darker) than anything so far bearing the Parenthetical
Girls name. Which is to say, its much better.
APRIL 25TH, 2006
PARENTHETICAL GIRLS-(((GRRRLS))): Reissued, Repackaged, Remastered.
In anticipation of the release of Safe As Houses--the sprawling follow-up to (((GRRRLS))) tentatively scheduled for a June release-- Slender Means Society is issuing (((GRRRLS))) on CD for the first time, in remastered, yet equally confusing format.
In an attempt to maintain the distinct duality of the LP release, the CD version of (((GRRRLS)))
features both editions of the album--but in two different, enhanced CD
formats: version O (as mixed by Jherek Bischoff) plays on any standard
CD player like your average CD should, while the X version (as mixed by
Jamie Stewart), takes advantage of the near ubiquity of the iPod
revolution by offering its tracks as super high quality MP3s,
accessible via any computer. (Confused? Me too. Just put it in your
computer--you'll figure it out). Additionally, the enhanced materials
feature "Inspirational Shortpants (avec paroles)," a newly finished
track not available on the original vinyl release.
Foto Gallery of the live Set Dez.2008 in Berlin at Lido coming soon..