Posted by: will | May 29, 2007

The Six Parts Seven…

The Six Parts Seven “Casually Smashed To Pieces” (Suicide Squeeze)

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The Six Parts Seven were founded way back in 1995, well before the surge of instrumental music within indie rock. The group is probably best known for a record of theirs that had vocals though. 2003’s Lost Notes From Forgotten Songs had indie superstars like Sam Beam (Iron & Wine), Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse), Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession) and David Bazan (Pedro The Lion) singing over the band’s instrumentals. With that album being the exception, The Six Parts Seven has quietly gone about their business releasing one solid instrumental record after another. As is a problem with a lot of instrumental music, The Six Parts Seven lack a certain distinguishable personality much of the time. I have always respected the band and their music though. Casually Smashed To Pieces is certainly no different in that regards. The band ebbs and flows with the best of them. The album is quite a beautiful collection of instrumental music complete with well-layered horn parts and jazzy guitar. However, as nice as it may sound when listening, I can not say I will be coming back to the album much in the future. It lacks that certain something that instrumental bands need to suck you in and bring you back. And such is the story of The Six Parts Seven.

RIYL: Tortoise, Tristeza, John Fahey

Listen:

The Six Parts Seven – Stolen Moments (mp3)

The Six Parts Seven – Falling Over Evening (mp3)

www.myspace.com/sixpartsseven

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