Bird Dog Dante THRILL JOCKEY 7/10 Producer’s flight of fancy: PJ and Aldous guest
It’s easy to misread John Parish’s albums as gilt by association: as producer and musician, he’s part of PJ Harvey’s universe, and he’s produced Aldous Harding, Jenny Hval and Sparklehorse. And while both Harvey and Harding guest on Bird Dog Dante, they’re by no means defining presences. Parish’s songs, alternately folksy, swampy and lonesome, are sometimes fleeting, capturing moments in the ether and preserving them in amber, a useful approach when one of your main gigs is soundtracking. But there’s a classicist pop-rock sturdiness to the songcraft, too, on songs like “Rachel”, recalling artists like Epic Soundtracks.