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  • House and Parish One, One Thousand
    Wednesday, July 23, 2008

    House & Parish has a great pedigree, and if you do a little research, you'll see what I mean. I don't wish to downplay it, but please, let's let this young band stand on its own merits--excellent merits, mind you.They've got a wonderful little introductory EP, One, One-Thousand, and you should listen to it. Their sound is pop, a tad dark, a tad melancholy, not unexpected, considering who they are and where they come from--but it's a sound that's definitely their own. I quite like the swagger of "This Curse," and I dig the nice 'n' subtle hooks of "Summer Programme" But then, after three songs, things get a little different. "Standardesque" goes straight for a shoegazing jugular; less MBV, more Swervedriver or Kitchens of Distinction. It impresses for its quiet, burning intensity. The title track is a mellow instrumental that's dark and moody and not quite like the rest of the record. Then there's the final track, the utterly beautiful rocker "What Am I Still Waiting For?" It reminds me of a long-lost New Order outtake. I like it. I like it a lot.

    One, One-Thousand is an exciting little record; it's nondescript, it's brief, and it doesn't come close to defining the band's identity, yet it definitely whets my appetite for a future full-length, because these six well-written pop songs cannot possibly be a fluke.

    Listen To: "This Curse"

    One, One-Thousand is available now via Arena Rock Recording Company/Belle City Pop!

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    posted by joseph kyle @ 6:08 PM  
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