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Anders Parker
Wounded Astronaut EP
Baryon Records

Rating: 8/10 ?


March 23, 2005
Fresh off the heels of his downright inspiring solo debut, Tell It to the Dust, Anders Parker's Wounded Astronaut EP shows he has much more to offer than just his surface appeal. As a functional work of B-sides, it allows itself to be as experimental as it pleases, and as such, moves Parker in every expansive direction his imagination will take him. Each track blooms with vast possibilities.

The title track is our first taste of this newly tapped ambition, spacious and melodic, and truly larger than the life of the open fields. Strangely enough, it breeds post-rock references with his twangy roots, sounding somewhat like HUM gone countrypolitan. The rough and edgy, yet softened, dynamic is truly enlightening, and it's a theme he continues to explore on the EP.

"Come Off" picks up in similar terrain, but is, this time, more charging, with equal doses of Mineral and the Jayhawks in plain sight. It is an intelligent mix, filled with jaded hurt and a weird, uneasy feel. This discomfort is only furthered by the addition of shrill female vocals - also heard on "I Found You" - as the garbled, high pitch leaves behind traces of a ghostly presence, breathing a bizarre chill to top it all.

To round out the EP, the buzzing dreaminess of "Everyone Will Shine" all but stands still in time; Parker's past efforts in Varnaline come to the forefront on the more straightforward, crunchy guitar rock of "Fast and True," and the closing, strung-out, pretty tinges of "The Smile" give watery optimism to the disc, able to warm any traces of distance left.

Though and through, Parker has more to say and more territory to explore, the promise of which makes each of his releases worth finding. He is as consistent as he is varying, and that's what's made him so alluring all along.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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