Boomkat Product Review:
John Parrish is a well connected little bugger. Formerly the front-man of Automatic Diamini back in the 1980's, Parrish decided a to call it a day in the early 90's, leaving band-mates like Polly Harvey the opportunity to go solo... Since then he's worked with The Eels, Giant Sound, PJ Harvey and now, as part of the self-assembled group over which he presides, Adrian Utley of Portishead and Hugo Race of Bad Seeds and Sepiatone. So what does it sound like fella?! Well, 'Once Upon A Little Time' is a collection of exquisitely arranged and mightily personal songs that feature a cornucopia of instrumentation, over which Parrish sings in a style liberally covered in Beck's DNA. Opening properly with the grouchy duet (alongside Marta Collica) of 'Boxers', Parrish establishes a wonderfully dusty sound that hints at real intent as opposed to moth-balls and past glories. Elsewhere, 'Sea Defences' is a rollicking broil of high-end snare and tight guitars, 'The Last Thing I Heard Her Say' is a grandstanding lament to lost love, whilst 'Glade Park' is a tender slice of emotional (semi)acoustic pop. Beautiful.