Maren Parusel may have named her debut album Artificial Gardens, but there’s nothing phony about her music. From the opening plea of “Please Don’t Take Your Eyes Away” to the naked desire of “Kiss You,” Gardens drips with vulnerability and sincerity. Continue reading…
For the second installment of our SoundDiego Sessions series, local songstress Maren Parusel and her band came into the NBC San Diego studio to record some songs from her upcoming album, Artificial Gardens.
Since moving to San Diego from Germany four years ago, Parusel has made a deep impression on the scene — first as front woman for defunct girl-punk trio Wild Weekend and now as a solo artist. In that time, her songwriting has matured into synth-infused, whimsical pop that sounds something like The Cure with Blonde Redhead’s Kazu Makino as lead singer.
You can see Maren Parusel in person on Tuesday, January 11, when she’ll open up for Everest and Writer at the Belly Up Tavern. Artificial Gardens, her debut full length, will be released in March. For a taste of what the album will hold, check out the video for the catchy “Sun Goes Down In Space,” above.
The former front-woman of Wild Weekendâ€”which started as a The Zeros cover band but whose local prestige eventually grew to rival that of its museâ€”and the also-defunct Squiddo, Parusel has decided to fly solo. Her debut 7-inch is currently being pressed and will be released sometime this summer.
Single Screen has been melting a lot of wax lately. In addition to signing Parusel, the label has 7-inch releases planned for The Powerchords, Beaters, The Atoms, The Illuminauts, and Charles Musket, as well as the debut full-length from The Paddle Boat.
You can catch Parusel’s wistful pop melodies live at the Beauty Bar on May 23rd, where she’ll be playing with The Dabbers and Red Pony Clock. We’ve also got a video of her performing the captivatingly carnivalesque “Ordinary Day” after the jump. Continue reading
â€œIndie record stores,â€ says Chrys Hansen of Modern Music, the Caribbeanâ€™s most visited record store, â€œare where you go when you first realize there’s a whole new world of music for you to explore.â€ The Internet notwithstanding as perhaps one’s first stop when searching out what the world has to offer musically, Hansenâ€™s words ring sentimental and otherwise true.
Independent record stores, unlike the CD sections of Wal-Mart and Best Buy,Â often featureÂ carefully procured selections of good popular music and local and alternative groups that are either too vulgar or not Hoobastank-y enough for other outlets. The quality of independent record stores is only enhanced by the personal touch offered by the staff.
^^ Broken Social Scene ^^
Toronto rock throng Broken Social Scene will be bringing their amiable brand of baroque pop to the House of Blues this Friday. Those following the antics of the prolific Canucks over the past year know that there have been two â€œBroken Social Scene Presentsâ€ solo albums so far, Kevin Drewâ€™s Spirit Ifâ€¦ and Brendan Canningâ€™s Something For All Of Us.