While he's best known for decades of drumming in Aloha, Yeasayer, and such high profile side hustles as Passion Pit, Chet Faker, and Joan of Arc, Cale Parks has become more of a mood-altering electronic producer in recent years. The first sign of that shift was 2015's Lagoon Fool EP, a multi-faceted record that featured lots of interlocking melodies and everything from acid techno asides ("Big Hills") to piano-laced synth progressions ("Jade").
This year's Boards EP ventures even further into the ether, piling on the sort of polychromatic chords, artful hooks, and mood-altering melodies one might find on an old Air or Durutti Column album. A lot of this has to do with how it was made: in Parks' home studio rather than a cramped apartment room, which gave him space to think and toy with a wide range of instruments. Listeners can thank a long overdue lifestyle change: a move from Brooklyn to Kansas City that made Parks look at music differently.
"I didn't own a car in New York," he explains, "so all of my listening was done as I walked around the city. There's something about the energy of New York that requires that electricity. Moving to Kansas changed the style of music I wanted to hear; I wanted room to let records breathe."
While he's best known for decades of drumming in Aloha, Yeasayer, and such high profile side hustles as Passion Pit, Chet Faker, and Joan of Arc, Cale Parks has become more of a mood-altering electronic producer in recent years.
As overplayed as Resonance is among the circles of internet music I've hung out in, I'm perfectly happy with that - for one, it's a great track regardless of overplay, and for two, it introduced me to albums worth of pleasing, sentimental-sounding chillwave. Artemy Musha