contact: Eric Krans or Jen O’Connor
PO Box 37
Altamont, NY 12009
R.I.Y.L.: Animal Collective + Bananarama, Washed Out + Belle and Sebastian, Beach House + France Gall, Pixies + The Mamas and The Papas, M83 + The B-52s
Jen O’Connor + Eric Krans of The Parlor make their home in Upstate New York in the 19th century haunted farmhouse where the couple lives, farms, and records. Their latest record Wahzu Wahzu (mixed + mastered by Mercury Rev’s Anthony Molina) was an indie combination of après garde disco, jazz, trance, world-folk, and art-pop, which lead to the album being described simultaneously as “campfire-disco” by Pitchfork and “gentle + otherworldly” by PopMatters. The Parlor’s sound has evolved to incorporate the sepia tones of their pastoral past with the gritty glitter of their varicolored future.
[Wahzu Wahzu (September 18, 2105)] “sees the Parlor stoking their campfire into a forest-scorching disco inferno, staking out their dancefloor on backwoods dirt and using the stars above as their LED rig.” –Pitchfork
The Parlor is known for its vibrant, enthusiastic, and often touching live shows as well as their experiential events and installations. The Parlor has performed at the Farm Aid festival alongside music icons Dave Matthews, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and John Mellencamp. They opened for Grammy Nominated artists The Lumineers and have shared the stage with acts such as Willy Mason, Deer Tick, Lucius, Langhorne Slim, Man Man, Phantogram, Hop Along, Sharon Van Etten, Marian Hill and The Felice Brothers. Their music has appeared on Pitchfork, KEXP, Bandcamp Weekly, and AudioFemme. Their songs have been featured in a Kid President Video, and an award winning Independent Zombie Film, with music videos premiering on The Wild Honey Pie and Consequence of Sound, and a track premiere on PopMatters.
“”The Surgeon’s Knife” is [Wahzu Wahzu‘s] sparkling, mirror-ball centerpiece: with its clipped acoustic groove, O’Connor’s luminous coo, and a 4/4 beat that blurs the line between a dusty-boot stomp and bass-bin thump, the song is a dream-sequence rendering of the Daft Punk MTV Unplugged special that never happened in 2001.” –Pitchfork
“The Parlor isn’t a group that’s only together when they can afford to rent studio time—music is integral to Krans and O’Connor’s Cloud Cult-esque, pan-artistic lifestyle on their farm. There’s a warmth and celebratory playfulness to their sound that can only come from people who take great joy in the acts of creating, improvising, and exploring untrod musical territory, and Wahzu Wahzu is a truly captivating album as a result. Their unpretentious exuberance ensures that it’s likely to remain just that for a long time to come.” –ThrdCoast