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Parenthetical Girls sign to Tomlab, ready new album

By July 10, 2008No Comments

Parenthetical Girls

Parenthetical Girls

Tomlab is thrilled to announce the signing of Parenthetical Girls (sometimes referred to as (((GRRRLS))) ), an experimental pop group from Portland, Oregon, for the worldwide release of their stunning and lushly orchestrated new full-length album, Entanglements. The album will be released on September 9, 2008 on CD, LP, and digital formats. Ahead of the album, the group will release a 7″ on Aagoo Records as a part of David Horvitz’s picture disc series.

Formed in 2003 by then-principle constant Zac Pennington, Parenthetical Girls have since evolved into a functioning ensemble, the core of which includes multi-instrumentalists Jherek Bischoff, Matthew Carlson, Edward Crichton, and Rachael Jensen). They are regularly augmented by a fluid cast of additional collaborators. The group has released two full-length records on Pennington’s own Slender Means Society imprint-including 2006’s critically acclaimed Safe As Houses. (((GRRRLS))) have toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe, sharing stages with the likes of Deerhoof, Patrick Wolf, Xiu Xiu, The Microphones / Mount Eerie, and Casiotone For the Painfully Alone.

Tomlab is headquartered in Cologne, Germany with an outpost in Olympia, Washington and has been releasing recordings since 1997. Tomlab is highly regarded for its work with The Books, Final Fantasy, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Patrick Wolf, Xiu Xiu, and Deerhoof. In 2008, Tomlab has issued albums from No Kids, Thee Oh Sees, and WHY?.

Praise for Parenthetical Girls’ Safe As Houses:

“…a creepily pretty presentation of female reproductive power as a kind of montrosity: its women are protuberant, seeping, layered apertures. This is the world in which girl-puberty and menstration are accursed, as opposed to how the onset of male sexuality is usually construed to be heroic.”

“Brutally honest, upfront and totally captivating, Safe As Houses… sounds more like a performance piece than a rock and roll album. This is far more cultured than that. It feels more like a piece of art than a piece of fun. It should be performed in rooms filled with naked statues and giant frescos instead of dingy rock clubs. It should be enjoyed by all of you looking for something new, something fresh and something completely different to what else is out there at the moment.”
-Incendiary Magazine

“The whole album is terrifying, harrowing, flower-wrought. Get it.”
-Said the Gramophone

“This isn’t easy listening, but it ought to be compulsory.”
-Las Vegas City Life



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