Kiku

by The Parlor

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Multi-instrumentalist producer-songwriters Jen O’Connor and Eric Krans explore new sound palettes for their intimate brand of dreamy, dark artful indie anti-pop. Kiku is also a deeply personal concept record for The Parlor. Kiku, the Japanese word for chrysanthemum, began blooming in Krans and O'Connor’s farmhouse garden immediately following their second miscarriage, and so became a symbol of their grief, despair, resilience and faith. "Kiku grew into something we never anticipated.” What started only as vague sounds or plucked songs, grew unexpectedly into a kind of synth-folk chamber-pop. As the couple grieved, they wrote, and as they recorded they felt themselves “reaching out across the plane of the living and the dead where we stumbled upon the tiny hand of the soul we lost. We brought a piece of her, of Kiku, back with us.” It was as if Kiku shared her spirit through the creation of her eponymous requiem.

Throughout their progression from indie-folk, to stomp and clap trance-folk, to “campfire disco” -as Pitchfork described their sophomore release, Wahzu Wahzu -The Parlor continues to experiment with new instrumentation and blend their set of genre and stylistic songwriting influences. Kiku is their first foray into triggered samples and orchestral synth soundscaping. It sounds moodier, gloomier and more anxious than The Parlor's previous music. It also feels simultaneously relaxed and playful in a way that balances the album's heaviness with a showy bloom; an elaborate floral display. It's a serious, and even sometimes sexy indie-pop drama; a confession of two lovers trying over and over again. As the album's final song fades off into the ether, Kiku comes into focus as a diary of one couple's private and lonely struggle with multiple miscarriage, and their determination not to allow the associated stigmas to silence them.

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released April 13, 2018

The Parlor is Jen O'Connor + Eric Krans
Recorded in the parlor of The Kirk Estate
written, arranged + recorded by Jen O'Connor + Eric Krans
mixed and mastered by Troy Pohl
produced by Jen O'Connor + Eric Krans
cover art by Jane Beaird
album design by Eric Krans
c 2018 The Parlor
www.theparlormusic.com

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Named after a room in the 19th century farmhouse where they live, farm, and create, The Parlor is a project by husband and wife team Eric Krans and Jen O’Connor. The multi-instrumentalist, producer-composers create intimate art-pop intended to reflect some of the most powerful aspects of the human experience. ... more

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Track Name: Soon
Dreams are misleading when they're not meant to be
No baby between us, playing wait and see for another life
Another moon, another life
Someday soon
Saying soon, soon but it never comes

Take you out to the city in the night
A couple with a child looks like you and I in another life
Another moon, another life
Someday soon
Saying soon, soon but it never comes

Soon like a flower on a wire growing on and on and on and on
Someday you'll bloom as a kiku
Saying soon, saying soon, soon but it never comes

The clock is ticking
Track Name: You
Look in the mirror again
I haven't changed nearly enough
Look at the photographs again
There is a mother with her child

Ooh to be you
Believe and it will come
There's a heart in my chest
But I'm worried cause I can't feel my hands again

You are young and alive
You share your heart like it's god damn easy
You have so many friends
But you're fucking fake
With your flower bouquets

Ooh to be you
Believe and it will come
There's a heart in my chest
But I'm worried cause I can't feel my hands again

Try again
Track Name: In
Do you believe in me
Cause I believe in you and there's nothing anybody can do
I offer you my hand
The dust in my fingertips is made up of pieces of you
Are you in are you out?
Are you in are you out?

Put your clothes on
It's a new dawn
Are you in are you out?
Track Name: Superbloom
Across the desert cactuses are in flower
There's green out in the mountains
And the creeks are full of water
Never say never
The desert knows how to wait
Some things you can't escape

A break in the weather
For the first time in forever
Driving together
And starting to feel better
Never say never
The desert knows how to wait
Some things you can't escape
Fate

You will bloom when you were meant to
Keep the faith
Superbloom out in the desert is saying 'Hey, hey, it's okay.'
Track Name: Blind
We keep getting all hung up on the child
Losing all our confidence in style
Because we only go out driving
When the sun is in our eyes
Somewhere new, somewhere far, ‘til we’re blind

Catskill mountain highway
Take me somewhere past the hills
And the shadows that we’re casting
Growing long across the Kills
Forever in the evening in the chill
Somewhere new, somewhere far, ‘til we’re blind
Track Name: Lies
However real your memory seems
It comes from the same place as your fantasies and dreams
And before you were alive
You formed as a tear in your mother's eye
Walking through her tattered gardens
And swearing under her breath
While she cried, that some flowers lie
Track Name: Eyes
I'll ride a shooting star into your mind
And it won't explode until you're mine
I'll sing a Sunday service in your soul
I'll redefine with you what's rock and roll
It's in your eyes

You'll eat a fresh and raw sunflower seed
Which will begin to grow in your belly
It will climb up your throat out through your mouth
To bloom so bright and golden when you shout
It's in your eyes
Track Name: Something
I write you messages and receive no response
The enduring chill, my mouth is dry with want
No drink that passes my lips ever calms my shakes
So I sit and wait for the day when you say something
Something, anything will do, I’m waiting for you

When I call out across a quarry I hear my voice in return
It confirms my existence: ego, echo, in turn
This wall of rock, it won’t reply
I’m not sure why I try
to make you say something that proves that I am something
Something, anything will do, I’m waiting for you
Track Name: Deep
Some signs of time surround your eyes
From a life of smiles and a life of cries
I see no lies, only belief
I know you see a home inside of me
I don't know anyone, I don't know anyone, so deep

We'll go away, I know of the place
A view of sunset at the end of the day
Beside a lake, above a bay, and in the shade a dark angel waits
I don't know anyone, I don't know anyone, so deep

I know by looking at your face your emotional state
Whatever's lurking in the shade knows nothing about you babe
Track Name: Trust
Your hand on my arm, electric through my sleeve
There's no need to disarm, I won't ever leave
We walk through an empty house
to where you dream your dreams
your pillow and your mouth are softer than they seem

Repeat with me these movements
Let love unfold in rhyme
Our heartbeats will align
in vibrations in time

We'll open a door to somewhere
and reach across and feel around together
for the tiny little hand, half yours, half mine

Trust in love and time
Trust in love and time

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