When both members of a band hail from separate groups which play forms of shoegaze-y grunge, it’s a fair bet to assume the band in question will present a similar aesthetic. And this is exactly what Parakeet deliver. Consisting of Mariko Doi and James Llewellyn Thomas, separately of YUCK and The History of Apple Pie fame, the duo drop this track off their new EP of the same name on limited pink cassette. Awash with spacey guitars and distant vocals, it floats into your subconscious and embeds itself amidst a wave of dreamy sound.
The track however marks itself as a slight step away from the duo’s previous ventures where, such as on the 2012 EP Shonen Hearts, Parakeet adopted a more abrasive and in-your-face approach. On ‘Pink Noise,’ Parakeet lose none of their courage, but exhibit it instead in layers of reverb-drenched beauty, nodding to artists in the style of Keel Her. Doi’s vocals drift throughout the hazy instrumentation, evoking notions of dislocation and emotional dissatisfaction in their apparent nonchalance. As they fade out and the stream of sound begins to dissipate, what remains is a feeling of great optimism surrounding the forthcoming EP. ‘Pink Noise’ conveys a sense of control and understanding which puts it above anything Parakeet have released thus far, and despite withholding similar influences as their separate bands, holds their own sound proudly aloft in its own right. Exciting, woozy, and intensely satisfying, Parakeet are sure to be a band to soon appear on the tips of many more tongues.
Pink Noise was released on the 26th June on Marshall Teller Records.
Review by Ben Lynch |