Deb
Parallel Moons


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kevin K USER (56 Reviews)
May 15th, 2012 | 6 replies | 974 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Accessible, unique indie pop full of color and verve.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Well isn’t this just a treat from the Korean pop scene. It’s not really Korean pop by the common definition actually, but wow, what a treat. It’s probably the deviance from said Korean pop scene that makes this so refreshing and unique. Really this isn’t anything like the synchronized dance ensembles of modern-day SNSD or Miss A, it is something much more playful, artsy and experimental. Little miss Deb works all by herself to achieve her charm and persona, playing all of her instruments and writing all her songs, almost towering over said K-pop artists in terms of songwriting. Granted they have different ways of going about their genre, most notably their multi-vocalist approach, stylish aesthetic and their penchant for bringing the boys out, but what Deb does all by herself is purely a labor of love. Her music doesn’t flag down avid K-pop fans, but passing this up if you have even a fleeting interest in indie pop or Korean pop would mean missing out on one sweet little pastry of an album.

From beginning to end, Parallel Moons is completely packed with cheer. Not obnoxiously so, as there’s lots of variety in the way of moods, and it’s all done playfully and with plenty of creativity. Over the course of the album, Deb plays many different instruments ranging from accordion, synthesizer, piano, xylophone, acoustic guitar and several more, and they all fill their duties as little tools that bring the album to life like an elaborate pop-up book. It’s colorful and dainty in most every way, expressing Deb’s imagination uniquely on each of the album’s 13 tracks. She combines several different genres, but her base sound is primarily a fusion of indie pop and jazz, flirting with big-band and lounge every now and then. Her vocals can be anything between mellow and upbeat, while she’s no virtuoso her voice is smooth and not abrasive or over-the-top, or auto-tuned for that matter. She goes about doing her thing whether anyone likes it or not, but in doing so she’s created an independent sound that’s neither offensive nor flamboyant, just all her own.



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WashboardSuds
May 15th 2012



4981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know its short but I'm working on cutting the fat from my reviews.

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pizzamachine
May 15th 2012



12571 Comments


Short review works! I really liked this album, it's like endearing and stuff.

WashboardSuds
May 15th 2012



4981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah its pretty cool stuff. did you listen to her newer album?

pizzamachine
May 15th 2012



12571 Comments


Nope, just this one!

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 15th 2012



49736 Comments


right on man

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WashboardSuds
May 15th 2012



4981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gotta say I probably wouldn't have written anything for weeks if you didn't propose your challenge Rob. you're a good man



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