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Parker and Lily
Here Comes Winter
Manifesto Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
There's a good amount of buzz in New York about Parker and Lily, the Lower East Side trio consisting of an ex-Valentine Six couple of Parker Noon and Lily Wolfe, and a new member in Christina Campanella. They've played at local venues like the Knitting Factory and CBGB's with the likes of Cat Power, Stereo Total and Arab Strap, and had short features in publications like Time Out New York. Also, they're currently on a three month tour with bands like White Hassle and Future Bible Heroes.

So how's the new album? Imagine Steven Merritt doing vocals for Tindersticks and then add some organs. That's Here Comes Winter.

When Parker Noon sings the words, "And my clear-as-gin halo/ don't you know/ I love you my whole drunken world," in "Hello Halo," everything about Here Comes Winter falls into place immediately. Setting the pace for the rest of the album with ample use of a Rhodes organ, a vibraphone, and not-at-all cheesy moog, the song is airy and beautiful. "My Apartment Complex" is next, this time with Lily Wolfe's sugary vocals. The moog drifts in and out the composition, as the organ provides more of a melody over a drum machine beat.

A bunch of the songs sound like they're straight out of Wes Anderson films, like "For C.I. (Iowa is passing by)," about "Time Spent in Transit" and "Motel Lights." So, if you're into anything similar, or maybe if you're into Magnetic Fields or Tindersticks, you might want to check out Parker and Lily. You'll probably be pretty happy you did.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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