Quirky bedroom-recorded indie pop from Bristol's Nicol Parkinson, aka Palomica. With influences such as Jad Fair and Tori Kudo’s Maher Shalal Hash Baz clearly audible, 'Petito' takes pretty pop songs with vast lyrical content, then presents them against a backdrop of deliberately careless and brilliantly confusing instrumentation. Available on vinyl with 'pigeon splatter'. Ace.
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How warm. Are things allowed to be warm now? Economically, are we holding on to the warmth? On ‘Petito’, Palomica have rolled open summertime jangle and offered it unto us, the always happy recipients of the No Frills. Steered by ever-pleasant riffs and a politely nasal lead vocal, this record basically sounds like Avi Buffalo retired his project right in time for the holidays.
“Ribbons” is a fine way of saying everything will be alright, a kind of staccato Real Estate that divides their sound of its lushness but keeps their take-it-easy sheet music close. “Honeydew” does the same -- it’s closer up, and its guitar strums are conjoined by a chirpily skipping drum machine and a dual vocal that sounds like both singers are taking shifts on the same mic. The lyrics are as much about working the microwave in your kitchen as they are about fraught love life -- and then the chilltime guitar comes back in. All. Is. Well.
Though they do their best to steer under instruction from the indie rock satnav, Palomica do have a knack for the off-kilter. “Petito” has a silly lil’ riff a la Trust Fund, halted by distortion and cut-up to stutter the song’s semantics. “Walter Walks” is convincingly jaunty, with a lo-fi piano lead and mumbly melodies born from the Cleaners from Venus rulebook. I think Palomica would rather these moments just sound lovely, but their accidental penchant for the weird is much appreciated.
Call this jangle, then, but sometimes the sun glares too hard. 'Petito' feels lazy in an irksome variety of ways: rather than settle into bed for the whole day, it makes a snack, tries (in vain) to find the TV remote, and even takes a bothersome trip outside -- that’s on the piano-meets-birdchirps instrumental “You Have The Softest Voice”, which could be cut right out of AnCo and Vashti Bunyan’s ‘Prospect Hummer’. A nice record that half-asses a lot of things, which I respect a lot.
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