The Parlor Soldiers - When the Dust Settles (FLAC)

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Artist: Release: When the Dust Settles
MusicBrainz: bec5dfc4-9a00-4e7c-813f-220d0de9dcc7
Released: 2011-12-09
Country: XW
Packaging: None

Tracklisting:

01. Shallow Grave (04:00)
02. When the Dust Settles (04:31)
03. Crazy (03:00)
04. Oh, Restless Heart (02:48)
05. Body in the Quarry (04:05)
06. Sinner (04:00)
07. Pacing Through the Garden (04:32)
08. The Old Plow (03:24)
09. Mess (02:55)
10. Long Gone (01:59)
11. The Slightest Breeze (05:32)
12. Lawless (03:43)
13. Don't Let Your Dreams Get You Down (02:02)

The Parlor Soldiers are an indie-folk trio from Fredericksburg, Virginia consisting of songwriters Alex Culbreth and Karen Jonas who are accompanied by Dan Dutton on the upright bass. They released their first full-length album, When the Dust Settles, in November 2011, which is a collection of songs ranging from sensitive folk ballads to rough, rootsy songs about sheriffs, outlaws, murder, whores and whiskey.

Talented songwriters and musicians Alex and Karen take turns on the guitar and behind the drums while trading, harmonizing and intertwining their vocals to capture our imagination with every story sung. Case in point, ΓÇ£Shallow GraveΓÇ¥, itΓÇÖs a down-and-dirty, make-no-bones-about-it, foot-stomping murderous tale about a man who murders a wife-beating husband whose cousin is the sheriff. ItΓÇÖs a song brimming with righteous indignation and imagery so vivid it places the listener at the scene of the crime. ΓÇ£SinnerΓÇ¥ is another well-crafted murder ballad featuring KarenΓÇÖs sweet yet strong voice narrating the confession of a woman who sealed the fate of her two-timing husband. Then, thereΓÇÖs the slow, melodic ballad, ΓÇ£Body in the QuarryΓÇ¥, which tells the dark story of a boy who drowned and the two lovers who go to the quarry to either find the boyΓÇÖs body or join him. But, not all of The Parlor SoldiersΓÇÖ songs are murderous tales or stories of death: ΓÇ£When the Dust SettlesΓÇ¥ is a gritty, bluesy song about the tumultuous aftermath of infidelity, while ΓÇ£CrazyΓÇ¥ is a humorous and relatable song about love and how our significant others drive us crazy. And, there are also songs about heartbreak and loneliness like ΓÇ£MessΓÇ¥ and sweet desperation and encouragement such as ΓÇ£DonΓÇÖt Let Your Dreams Get You DownΓÇ¥ on the album.

With this amount of great storytelling and songwriting, When the Dust Settles, is an excellent debut effort, and one that captures the meaning and technique of folk music. And, IΓÇÖm also excited to see this trio preform live when they head my direction this summer.		
The Parlor Soldiers - When the Dust Settles (FLAC)/The Parlor Soldiers - 01 - Shallow Grave.flac 22.721 MB
The Parlor Soldiers - When the Dust Settles (FLAC)/The Parlor Soldiers - 02 - When The Dust Settles.flac 26.179 MB
The Parlor Soldiers - When the Dust Settles (FLAC)/The Parlor Soldiers - 03 - Crazy.flac 16.544 MB
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