In a recent video shot in Vienna's Museum of Sound, the Parenthetical Girls' fey frontman Zac Pennington flits around in a tiny blue sweater embroidered with the words "Butterflies are free," alternating between pounding a small xylophone and rattling a brassy bowl and cymbals on the slate-hued floors. His quivering, effeminate voice echoes off passing school children and hits a completely un-Kermit-esque high warble on, "Just like me / they long to see / you on your knees." With the eyelash-batting theatricality of Patrick Wolf and lush instrumentation of Beirut, the Parenthetical Girls are certainly a transfixing spectacle.
The band—now comprised of Pennington, Matthew Carlson, Eddy Crichton and Rachael Jensen—recently released their third album Entanglements, which is a highly orchestrated departure from their previous two albums. A rotating cast of indie luminaries from the Portland, Ore., area—members from Xiu Xiu, Dead Science, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone and Y.A.C.H.T.—helped to lay down each of the 100 tracks (harps, horns, cymbals, violins, etc.) that float under and claw over each song.
- photo by Patrick Kehoe
While it'll be difficult for this precious four-piece to reheat the rich chamber casserole the band baked up on Entanglements live, their show at the Neurolux this Saturday, March 14, opening for Vancouver Canada's indie pop trio No Kids, will undoubtedly be delicious.
Saturday, March 14, 5 p.m., FREE, Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8010; 8 p.m., opening for No Kids, $5, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0866.