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Miracle Parade: Hark and Other Lost Transmissions

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It could be said that this surf-Americana-rock solo project from Everyday Visuals frontman Christopher Pappas mimics the effect of putting CDs from Bright Eyes, Glasvegas and Snow Patrol in the stereo and hitting Randomize.

Owing to the predominance of it, I get the feeling Pappas most prefers doing bummer-busker stuff, strumming and angsting away at Conor Oberst posturing, but by the same token he does possess great intuition toward what makes for good modern radio rock, thus he can’t be blamed for hipstering-up old Eagles vibe (“Sweet Tooth”) and pandering to middle-speed folkies (the Americana-tinged “When It’s Your Time”).

“Lost At Sea” baffled me at first, with its too-bright shoegaze guitars, but it does ultimately point to Pappas’s having a variety of interests and a lack of concern about what the bovine neo-hippy Bonnaroo crowd will make of him.

By Eric Saeger

Homepage: Miracle Parade
Homepage: Little Record Company

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