John Parish ia a name that will be largely known by most muso’s for being the musical right hand man and collaborator to PJ Harvey recording and producing all 8 of her albums and also for producing albums for the likes of Eels, Calexico and Sparklehorse.
As well as producing a vast number of artist he is also a pretty consistent solo artist in his own right and has recorded and released a number of albums, all of which are worth a look. With his latest album Screenplay displays his knowledge of how to layer melodies.
LBS End Titles is taken from the album which is a collection f Soundtracks that Parish has recorded for the films Sister and Little Black Spiders which is out later this year. The End Titles for me sound quite eerily reminiscent to the Donnie Darco Soundtrack mixed with and almost Cocteau Twins style of echoing guitars. The Melodies just constantly build in layers folding over and over again as more and more instruments add in their parts.
It’s the sort of sound track that to me brings up the kind of stark images of Scandinavian Countryside, or a naive view of the world. There are elements of Jan Tiersen and Efterklang about the melodies which just glisten beautifully.
Screenplay is out on April 14th and I think this is a sign of whats to come from the album.