Parlour Steps Ambiguoso

Parlour Steps Ambiguoso
Hailing from Canada’s west coast, Parlour Steps have been flying under the radar, until now. The Vancouver quartet’s fourth full-length album, Ambiguoso, is actually a re-release of a record with a limited run that was sold locally, and it’s definitely worthy of having a second chance to be heard. Julie Bavalis and Caleb Stull’s voices blend perfectly throughout their brand of what they call "thought rock.” And this new self-dubbed genre doesn’t come without reason. On album opener "Only Mystery,” Bavalis and Stull ask, "Did I tell you I see monsters in this very city?” and let you in on the secret that "If you look close enough, you can see right through me.” But don’t think that Ambiguoso is all thought; it does incorporate some catchy indie rock riffs into its 12 tracks. Parlour Steps might want to make you think but they don’t forget to make you dance. (Nine Mile)