MONK PARKER

Crown Of Spar­rows 8/10

UNCUT - - New Albums We’re New Here - Se­duc­tive foray into weird Amer­ica GRAEME THOM­SON

Texan fortysome­thing Monk Parker has a cu­ri­ous voice, half Shake­spearean ham (think Tom hardy in Ta­boo), half back­woods mys­tic. It suits the in­tense melan­cho­lia of Crown Of Spar­rows, which con­sists of full­hearted for­ays into woozy coun­try dark­ness, cross-stitched with ghostly shim­mers of feed­back, Sal­va­tion Army horns and de­cay­ing pi­ano notes. The ti­tle track is an epic gothic-folk waltz, both beau­ti­ful and ca­co­phonic; “Night Mar­ket” steps slowly at first be­fore evolv­ing into a roar­ing march, its cli­max both dis­turb­ing and ex­hil­a­rat­ing. The mood of late-night, post-Lynchian weird­ness is un­vary­ing, but se­duc­tive.

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