Parlour Flames is the Manchester musician and lyricist Vinny Peculiar (Alan Wilkes) and Bonehead (Paul Arthurs), ex-guitarist of Oasis, who almost certainly has nerves of steel, when he has endured so long with his two unsympathetic employers (the G brothers, of course). That he can now enjoy a similar, if not even higher musicality is proven by his debut album, which was supported by Bob Marsh (I Am Kloot), Ollie Collins (Cherry Ghost) and Anna Zweck (Samson & Delilah), among others. A fascinating track that reminds us of Oasis' psych numbers ("Get In The Van"), flawless Britpop with discreet and tasteful brass parts ("Lonely Girls & Horses"), a piece reminiscent of the Shoegazer scene ("Jump The Brook Ruth"), pop sunshine music ("Pop Music Football & Girls"), but also a deeply sad number ("Too Soon The Darkness") live from a warm sixties sound and casual creativity. Beside "Manchester Rain" (also decoupled as 7") the six-page Digipak and the tastefully opened booklet are also inspiring.
Top track: Manchester Rain