The Parish, Storm Driven Bird

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Storm Driven Bird

The Parish (2)

Oakland group The Parish revels in the sound of sunshine, pairing bright, breezy harmonies with loose guitar jangle. The Parish blend hundreds of disparate influences: there are hints of early REM, a little bit of Muswell-era Kinks, even a little bit of Creedence. "Dummy in Trouble" slows the whole formula down to a kind of sluggish crawl, a late-summer haze that creeps and expands. This brief glimpse of the group's sunshine sound is the ideal tonic for winter afternoons.