Parlovr Kook Soul

Parlovr Kook Soul
Kook Soul, an intricate array of jangly indie-pop fused with a retro feel, is Montreal three-piece Parlovr's (pronounced Parlour) second full-length release on Dine Alone. A strong '50s- and '60s-inspired rock'n'roll motif flows through it without divorcing the record from the intricate hooks and breaks that give the band their established sound. Thematically, the lyrics are heavily based upon relationships ― remembering them, pining over them, wanting them ― but never in a dull manner. In fact, members state that this album was heavily influenced by the Flaming Lips' Soft Bulletin for production and sound ideas, which explains the ambience and experimentation with alternate instruments (i.e., the organ used in "Married on a Sunday"). "Amaze-Me-Jane" sticks to classic rock'n'roll; it's a guitar-fused bop-along that recalls the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis. Some songs carry a slower tempo for variance, namely the lilting "You Only Want It 'Cause You're Lonely," but even then act as a bridge that carries its listener to realms of euphoria. While Kook Soul is perfectly fitting to carry you through spring, it simultaneously provides the soundtrack of the year for your next sock-hop. (Dine Alone)