Parsnip – When The Trees Bear Fruit (Trouble In Mind, 2019)

Parsnip are an all female 4-piece from Melbourne, Australia. They first came to my attention courtesy of Juice at Drunken Sailor Records who has a real knack for getting on to the hottest properties way before anyone else, it seems.

Picture credit: Dani Hansen

This is worlds apart from anything else I’ve been listening to recently. Or possibly ever. If it’s possible to sound absurd and serious at the same time, then Parsnip seem to have achieved it. I suppose the easiest way to describe this is fairly gentle, twee, keyboard driven, “quirky” indie-pop. I really dislike the word “quirky” though. The vocals are oddly childlike, which is both bizarre and oddly endearing… and maybe, just maybe a bit creepy on some level.

In real terms I find it helpful to say who I think bands sound like in order to try and bring some semblance of order to my often muddled thought processes. Parts of this record put me in mind of early Pavement for some reason (despite sounding nothing like early Pavement), but the overarching feeling for me is something like The Moldy Peaches covering Beach Boys songs, but with the keys from Hank Wood & The Hammerheads. Whatever you want to call it or liken it to, it’s delightful in its seeming innocence and simplicity. There’s no denying that. I find myself amazed to say that I actually like something Trouble in Mind are releasing, as for sure they’ve curled out some right turds prior to this ‘un. Tony of Nurgle rating: 9/10

Have a gentle old blast of this record on the bandcamp player below:

When The Trees Bear Fruit is available now for pre-order (release date is 30/08/2019) on black vinyl (the green sold out), CD or for digital download from the Parsnip bandcamp page (where you can also find their previous 7in records and so on).

Find out more on the Parsnip Facebook page

Tony of Nurgle is a true child of the North, recently returned to Yorkshire and residing in Leeds (after close to a decade living in exile in Croydon and South East London). He used to co-run a specialist record store in Manchester (Roadkill Records), and also several years as a promoter, and put on shows for the likes of Leatherface, the Loved Ones, Lucero, Minus The Bear, These Arms Are Snakes, Spy vs Spy, Latterman etc. He also spent several years DJing at shady rock clubs in Manchester, and started the infamous Thursday night "punk room" at Jilly's Rockworld. Also responsible for Middle Finger Response, and collaborated with a couple of friends on a monthly night called Refuse to Lose, which will still occasionally reunite the original DJ line-up - next event at Retro in Manchester on 07/09/2019. Apart from that, it's all bitterness and a jaundiced view of human nature, occasionally skateboarding, always exhausted, often reading books with maps in the front.

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