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Frozen Parakeet

by Casey Wykes

Gospel-Rock Americana
Genre: Folk: Folk-Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Easternmost
4:52 $0.99
2. Poor Love
4:56 $0.99
3. Frozen Parakeet
4:08 $0.99
4. A Mother's Lament
3:05 $0.99
5. Long Enough Held Still
3:53 $0.99
6. Airport Song
4:29 $0.99
7. Fisherman's Knot
2:06 $0.99
8. Pain of You
3:03 $0.99
9. In This Skin
2:59 $0.99
10. Three Hours Too Late
3:11 $0.99
11. Blanket of Trust
3:40 $0.99
12. Beneath the Sun
1:40 $0.99
13. Fathers' Day
3:18 $0.99
14. My Dear Angler
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Album Notes
In 2018, a British producer, Lorin Thomas Cutts, had just set up his 40 Ocean Studio in Husum, Washington, and a chance meeting with Casey Wykes saw the two of them embark on the recording of Frozen Parakeet, Wykes's debut LP. This was initially going to be a simple acoustic album to showcase Wykes's songwriting. The arrival on the scene of an Indian pianist, Jim Elliot, saw the recordings take a radical change in direction. Shortly thereafter, Cesar Robles on bass, Luke Samuels on tenor sax and Nick Adams on drums were recruited into the ensemble. Singing saw, keyboards, ambient textures and Gretsch guitars were also added as the project blossomed and began to take an organic, yet radically different shape to the one first envisioned. Sixteen months later, the final piece of the puzzle was completed by Maor Appelbaum’s exquisite mastering work in Los Angeles. What we are presented with is an ambitious, genre-defying and existential slice of contemporary Americana. Sure, there are many nods to the past (most notably Neil Young and perhaps early Van Morrison) but something new has been born of this journey - encompassing elements of folk, classical, contemporary, rock, metal and all points in between. The common component gluing these disparate parts and styles together is Wykes’s songwriting. At times vulnerable, at others moody - but always articulate and somewhat left-field - ‘Frozen Parakeet’ feels strangely out of step and out of time in 2019. And maybe that’s no bad thing at all.



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