Monk Parker

How The Spark Loves The Tinder

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Monk Parker releases his debut solo record ‘How The Spark Loves The Tinder’ on Bronze Rat Records. Featuring over 30 musicians including members of The Polyphonic Spree and Okkervil River, it was recorded over a two-year period of dislocation following the breakup of his previous band The Low- Lows and Parker’s subsequent move to Austin TX.

Parker serves up a funereal but majestic alt-Americana that is altogether reflective and intimate. It may well lay you down gently but soon enough its horn-led orchestration will lift your tingling spine to upright. Stately, dreamlike waltzes build to explosive, gospeltinged climaxes and a woozy country narcosis akin to Skygreen Leopards or The Low Anthem alternates with Velvets-style feedback drones and buried noise melodies.

All in all Parker has a sculpted a sound that charts a dreamy path for his damning tales of carnality and affection (“Sadly yes I know just where to go / Sadly yes we can all three see the bright writing on the marquee”, goes the first line on the record, from a song about a love triangle gone inexplicably right).


Sadly Yes
I Am A Gun
The Happy Hours
Wanna Be Forgotten
Idle In Idlewild
Black Bees
Raining In Eva
The Great Fires

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