GENRE | THE RAINS OF MINNESOTA
VERDICT | A FOLKING TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE
LABEL | WATERBUG RECORDS
RELEASE | 9.17.13
We’ve all dreamed of leaving behind the daily hustle to live simply in semi-seclusion and be one with nature, right? With 11 hauntingly beautiful tracks, the sophomore release Tarantula Arms from Jenn Rawling (vocals/guitar/baritone uke) and Basho Parks (violin/viola/baritone uke/vocals)
evokes this exact fantasy and allows those of us tangled in the chaotic web that can be our lives a small moment’s respite.
From “Wyoming” to “We Will,” Tarantula Arms dips into the cavernous, echoing halls of the human soul. At the same time,
the tracks feel as if they’re unrolling over a great distance, formless and fluid as smoke.
Rawling’s vocals whisper softly over each song like a sad-yet-harmless ghost, caught between the desire to weep for past loves and yearn for the future un-lived. Parks’s string-playing bleeds through every track, nourishing it, while his strumming provides the rhythmic heartbeat that brings this delicate piece of humanity to life.
If there’s one trip you’ve been meaning to take this year, grab a copy of Tarantula Arms and take it.