Frontperson

Album Title: Parade
Record Label: Oscar St Records
Review by John Noyd
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Casually savvy pop polished in conversational playfulness, The New PornographersKathryn Calder and Mark Andrew Hamilton (aka Woodpigeon), stage sparkling heartache in the devilishly educated, “Parade.” Well-prepared flair paired with smooth musical nuance, the duo’s calm drama is gifted in uplifting riffs tumbling over punchy sunshine harmonies, fond swansongs waxing nostalgic with sunset forget-me-nots digitized in fizzy indie blizzards, plucked from baroque folk and tuned to tender acoustic roominess.  A sensitive blending from multi-talented collaborators trading smart segues between seamless ideas, the entire record breathes in cohesive reprieves, compassionate distractions packing effortless gentleness inside romantic candor to sooth life’s bumpy patches into heavenly getaways blazing with radiant syncopation.  Immaculate practitioners in crafted particulars, Frontperson looks ahead while refining what has passed into something reliably desirable.

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