Multi-instrumentalist producer-songwriters wife and husband duo Jen O’Connor and Eric Krans are fearless in their willingness to explore new sound palettes for their intimate brand of art-pop. Throughout their progression from indie-folk, to stomp and clap trance-folk, to “campfire disco” -as Pitchfork described their sophomore release, Wahzu Wahzu -The Parlor continues to experiment with new instrumentation and blend their set of genre and stylistic songwriting influences. Their deeply personal concept record ‘Kiku’ is set for release on April 13, 2018.
The Parlor’s music is the sonic corollary to what the couple is bringing to their land, an artisanal re-imagining of an antique dream. Jen O’Connor + Eric Krans make their home in Upstate New York. Their farmhouse is filled with jars of feathers + herbs, piles of broken guitars, trays of wings + claws, upright basses, a sampling synth, braided onions, polyester pants, Casio + Zenith, antique mirrors. Ghosts. They write and record music in a room called the parlor.
Their sophomore release Wahzu Wahzu (mixed + mastered by Mercury Rev’s Anthony Molina) was an indie combination of après garde disco, jazz, trance, world-folk, and art-pop, which lead to the album being described simultaneously as “campfire-disco” and “gentle + otherworldly.” The Parlor’s sound has evolved to incorporate the sepia tones of their pastoral past with the gritty glitter of their varicolored future.
The Parlor has performed at the Farm Aid festival alongside music icons Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and Dave Matthews. They have opened for Grammy Nominated artists the The Lumineers, and have shared the stage with Willy Mason, Deer Tick, Lucius, Langhorne Slim, Man Man, Phantogram, Hop Along, Sharon VanEtten, Marian Hill and The Felice Brothers.