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Devout followers of Portland's The Parson Red Heads will no doubt already be aware of this single from their latest EP '6' which was released last month, but for the uninitiated, this quartet (and their many part-time members and helpers) successfully combine laid-back Americana with indie-rock and the odd hint of psychedelia. For further introductions the video for the single shows a little more of the inner workings of the band in the studio and a tantalising glimpse of where the magic happens.
'Times' takes its cue from a few generations of bands who've attempted to live up to Gram Parsons' dream of making "cosmic American music" and they've come closer than most, happily combining the time-honoured traditions of country with the harmonious sounds that echoed out of Laurel Canyon, as well as contemporary bands who've seen this sound revived. Evan Way from the band says this is one of his favourite songs they've recorded, and if you lay back in the sun with this serenading you in the background it's hard to disagree.
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