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Friday, November 07, 2008

Best of 2008: Parlour Steps

THE BEST of 2008 (so far!) SERIES :

We Love this little Vancouver band!

RECAPPING THE YEAR'S BEST
One Band at a Time


Parlour Steps are one of our favorite bands these days. The proof is in the performance - they came to town and played one of the best received shows in Boston this year. They rocked the Middle East! They then went on to have a great tour and even filmed a new video.

Drawing from the very same creative well from which Arcade Fire and The Pixies have drank from over the years, Parlour Steps have found a special place on the indie landscape. Their lyrical creativity and song structures are crafted with elements similar to those used by Sufjan Stevens and Tom Waits. It's true - Parlour Steps could be the best new band in your catalog this year!

Listening to "Thieves of Memory" - a Song of the Year candidate, it's pretty much impossible to not hear similarities between Parlour Steps and Cold War Kids and Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs. This comparison is meant to be complimentary, but based on what I'm listening to as I type these words - perhaps I am not doing the band enough justice. Parlour Steps' brand new album is called Ambiguoso and the damn thing really doesn't have a bad song. The new album's varied tracks move and undulate like a living creature - each is individual and different. Ambiguoso truly runs the musical gamut. Pick it up and expect to have your doors blown off.

For those who read this blog with any regularity, you know I have a snazzy rundown every six months or so of the hottest new talent, best new albums and notable acts & performers. Expect to see this band again for those lists. I don't anticipate it falling from grace anytime soon.

HOT NEW RECORD: Ambiguoso



THIEVES OF MEMORY VIDEO:


PARLOUR STEPS joins some pretty amazing talent - The Best of 2008 Early List is coming NEXT WEEK! but here are some of the records we have told you made the list in recent days: album, album, album, album, album, album, album, album, album, album, album, album, album, album, album, album, album, and album. Think of it as a shopping list of contemporary good taste and this list will continue to grow until it needs to - you can check out 2007's Hot List for the First Half, here.)

Parlour Steps Web / Myspace
Buy the Album: Nine Mile Records

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