Broken Hearts / Bones
Though doled out tastefully and not continuously, the first thing that stands out about the sound of New York City's Parlour Tricks is the tight, three-part female vocal harmonies reminiscent of the swing era. The second thing, and not far behind, is lead vocalist Lily Cato's inviting, luxurious tone that's at least as distinctive, if not quite as attention-grabbing, for a passive listener. Third is the catchy indie pop songwriting and danceable rhythms that together provide a vessel to make it all go down like a turn on the water slide. Originally called Lily & the Parlour Tricks but rebranded before their debut, the six-piece rely on vocals for most of the heavy lifting on their first full-length album, Broken Hearts/Bones. With a standard guitar/synth/bass/drums configuration running under it's singers, there is a handful of notable instrumental moments on the album - such as the bass action on "Gone" and the agile drum and guitar rhythms of "When the Stars Went Out" - however, they are fleeting as the record delivers mostly simple hooks and dance rhythms in service of richer vocal and melodic offerings.