‘Never Out of Time’
It’s going to be impossible to listen to Camille
Bloom and not draw parallels to Ani Difranco.
From the whip-smart lyrics, the jangling guitar
work, and — of course — Bloom’s vocals, the
comparison is both easy and apropos. Most notably,
tracks like “Running Out of Time” and “All of
These Stains” could be dropped somewhere in
the middle of Difranco’s “Dilate” without missing
a beat. That being said, Bloom is certainly
considerably more than just a Difranco knockoff.
She’s a talented, dynamic musician, and “Never
Out of Time” fairly crackles with energy. “Top
of My Game” is a poppy, happily-spent two minutes
of your day, while “I Know You Know I Know”
has a broad, orchestral feel without losing
its rock patina. From top to bottom, “Never
Out of Time” is slick and satisfying. CV
Camille Bloom performs at Ritual Café on Friday,
Aug. 31 at 7 p.m.
‘All Is Here’
It’s simplistic to call Parlours “the Dana
Halferty show,” but there’s no doubt that the
Des Moines five-piece wouldn’t have the same
soul with someone else handling the mic work.
From stem to stern, “All is Here” is an impeccably-paced
album. With a bright, atmospheric sound ala
The Envy Corps, the album features understated
guitar work from Erik Knudtson backed by a solid
rhythm section and a healthy dose of that indie
staple, the ukulele. But what really makes the
album — what unifies the sound — is that all
of this is wrapped snugly in Halferty’s fluffy,
breathless vocals. Dreamy and light, Halferty
surrounds the album like a wad of cotton candy
and gives “All is Here” enormous replay appeal.
At her very best (see: “Gypsies and Sinners”),
she conjures comparisons to Feist and gives
Parlours a vitally important sincerity of sound.
Parlours CD release party is Friday, Aug. 31
at 9 p.m. $7 at the door, with River Monks and
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