At the risk of your humble Austin Music Minute host sounding ridiculous, it’s time for some gushing praises: It all started as a solo project by songwriter Andy Bianculli. The man knows how to make breathtakingly beautiful pop magic.
Bianculli may roll his eyes and declare your AMM host a bit too schmaltzy for her own good. (see what I did there? eh??), but it’s true. KUTX March Artist of the Month Star Parks released their second album, The New Sounds of Late Capitalism, on Valentine’s Day, and it’s no exaggeration to say it was love at first spin. Melodic, cinematic, and just plain gorgeous, it’s an exhilarating trip despite its lyrical heartbreak. Swoons abound.
Full disclosure: Your AMM host has done some international traveling with Bianculli and The Deer’s Grace Rowland through Project ATX6 a few years ago. And additional full disclosure: Your AMM host enjoys picking on Berkshire Hounds’ wayward hoodlum Jim Campo because it’s FUN.
This is going to be one damn great release show. Recommended.
-Photography by Michael Minasi for KUTX.