Led by Jen O’Connor and Eric Krans, the Parlor is finally about to drop their long-awaited sophomore album, Wahzu Wahzu. The band is celebrating their new disc with a CD release party at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany at 8pm on Saturday (September 26). Joining in the festivities will be Party Boat and Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, back from a lengthy hiatus. Tickets are $10.
Mixed and mastered by Anthony Molina (of Mercury Rev), Wahzu Wahzu was created with an amalgamation of acoustic and electronic instruments, anchored by a deep pulsing rhythm section of upright bass, drum machines and live drums. It was meant to be a dark but meaningless candy-pop album. It was supposed to be all syrup and fluorescent. Instead, the album became a subconscious philosophic exploration into the act of creation, an album full of submarine secrets and gritty glitter. It sounds both new and old; simultaneously familiar and fresh.
As you can hear for yourself here…
And the album has already generated plenty of big buzz. The song “Wishes in the Sheets” premiered on the music blog PopMatters, and the album’s first single, “The Surgeon’s Knife,” landed a premiere on Pitchfork, who described the tune as “a dream-sequence rendering of the Daft Punk ‘MTV Unplugged’ special that never happened in 2001.” The Parlor was also recently featured on Bandcamp Weekly
with an interview with O’Connor, as well as the debut of several new tracks from the album.
WHAT: CD Release Party for Wahzu Wahzu
WHO: The Parlor
WITH: Party Boat and Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned
WHERE: The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany
WHEN: Doors open at 8pm Saturday (September 26)
HOW MUCH: $10