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Hives Fives EP
Temporary Residence Ltd.

Rating: 7/10 ?

May 6, 2005
Parlour was created by Tim Furnish in 1996 after his previous band, the post-hardcore outfit Crain, dissolved. Furnish, also spending time in Aerial M and The For Carnation, slowly nurtured Parlour's existence with minimal productivity. It wasn't until 2002 that the first Parlour full-length, Octopus Off-Broadway, was released. That same year, Googler ripened for public consumption, and now, three years later, Furnish returns with Parlour as his main focus.

Hives Fives begins with "Such (A One Year Stem)" gently ushering the listener into their mellow brand of instrumental rock. Bouncing synthesizer beeps tag each other as live percussion and a calming haze reverberate, beginning a layering of sounds.

The disc's eponymous second track begins with clunky bass picking manifesting into a happy-go-lucky, spacey ramble, bringing to mind Peanuts and Charlie Brown. "Timorme" also starts with a bass line, and is subtler, giving way to synthesizer cadence with each successive instrument standing up and making its presence known.

The EP ends with "Bringseeds," which is more electronic and brings the album full circle by returning to the journey's initial sound; it is smooth in progression and shows Parlour's strength: they can gently fold sound into sound, each time creating a new whole.

Parlour utilizes seven members to flesh out each song - most notably, two woodwinds (tenor sax and bass clarinet) that add a rich, organic feel to the disc. While only four songs in length, the EP clocks in at just over 20 minutes and is a solid introduction to Parlour's newest incarnation of down-tempo instrumental meanderings.

Reviewed by David Spain
Based in Chicago, Illinois, David Spain is a contributing writer for LAS magazine.

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