9/10 Mike Staff review, 20 September 2012
We’ve got a beautiful LP here from the Berlin’s enigmatic S ND Y P RL RS (or Sunday Parlours) and it’s a very curious beast indeed. The dominant textures here are a muddy, spluttering, fuzzed out guitar, ethereal droning organs and very occasional, very minimal beats with buried, reverb-drowned vocals.
What results is something hazily-paced and actually quite uplifting, sometimes doling out searing peace-drone melodies and elsewhere blustering submerged post-punk like Joy Division and Teenage Panzerkorps adrift in a sea of fuzz. The tone palette isn’t a million miles from Dirty Beaches but far from his paranoid vibes there’s much more of a sense of calm and positivity to these murky diamonds. The controlled way in which the delicate, stuttering decay of the drawn-out guitar chords drenches the sound in waves of hopeful nostalgia.
It’s wistful, comforting, intimate and warmly enveloping even when he notches up the sadness like in the Low-esque ‘The Other Hand Is Good’ and by halfway through the record I really feel like he’s made this drift-fuzz aesthetic his own, taking elements of shoegaze, drone, post-punk and minimal pop and infusing them with a love for and understanding of tone that can’t be taught. It’s a simple aesthetic and yet I can’t think of any specific precedents who sound much like it. Mightily impressive.
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