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Anti Fade Records/Upset The Rhythm

Released 26.04.24

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re old enough to remember or persistent enough to track down anything by Dolly Mixture, you’d be delighted to happen across Parsnip.

Their second outing is brimming with post-punk delightfulness as evidenced by bass riffing opener Monument, which is innocently counterpointed with playful keys, sax and vocals. Jangly ditties like Clear Blue Sky and Duality cut through with garage clarity. There’s a whisper of proto-indie in the driving Papier Mache and as a whole there’s a distinct psychedelic Syd Barrett whimsy, particularly in the form of Unearthing or the opening bars of Turn To Love. It’s a confident return after three interesting years for the band, that races along at a brisk pace; there’s no hanging about with these Aussies.

 

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