02 Apr 12
I love Parenthetical Girls. LOVE THEM. That’s why I brought their entire discography on vinyl the other day (if you’re reading this, Gabe, then send me that fucking Safe As Houses LP, jesus, I sent the invoice on Thursday). This isn’t them though. Nuh-uh. Definitely not Entanglements-era P. Grrrls. It just sounds like it! And… and it has Zac Pennington singing.
Well, this is Jherek Bischoff, and the comparison is very unfair. Known for his work with The Dead Science, good old Jherek has also been personally involved with a number of Misc.Music staples, including our beloved Xiu Xiu and Parenthetical Girls. As such, the direction of his solo debut should already be obvious – damaged pop music with an abundance of interesting instrumentation.
Swooning strings lay down an appropriate backing for Pennington’s ever-refined vocals, with enormous-sounding brass erupting every now and again to keep the song firmly rooted on the ground. Soko’s vocals strike a pleasant balance with Pennington’s, only coming into the forefront during the funeral march waltz which occurs half way through the track, during which the wall of sound is stripped away to the track’s barest bones, before strings are gradually reintroduced, before the song explodes once more.
But seriously Gabe, send me my fucking record.
EDIT: As SoundCloud is refusing to work for me to just pop over to the lovely Guardian’s website and give the left-leaning media a little boost