Swaying along to the interweaving melodies of clean guitars and acoustic guitars, the awesomely soothing track “Heaven Can Wait” begins. Soaring vocals that are reminiscent of the likes of Jökull Júlíusson of Kaleo or Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys begin to enthrall us with the first verse of the song. This early on, you get hooked and know that this is an awesome track, and “The Parlophonics” is a band that’s oozing with talent in every aspect possible.
Songwriter and band leader Robert Horvath handles the guitar and bass duties here, and since the conception of this band as a project, he has only approached musicians he really believes in to make music with. There is nothing you can’t love about this track, from the cohesive way the instruments play to the impeccable vocal ability of lead vocalist, Hugh Macdonald, and the impressive guitarist, Fernando Perdomo (guitarist for Jakob Dylan’s “Echo in the Canyon“ Band). On the drums, they are joined by none other than Denny Seiwell (Billy Joel, Wings), and his impact is felt in every note as the rhythm is prominent and easy to follow, but at the same time calm enough to fit the laid-back melody of the verses.
This single came about a year after the band’s debut record “A Day In The Life” came out to a streak of critical and fan acclaim, and I think it’s safe to say that this band is probably what Oasis would sound like if they had a folk tinge to their sound. I’m waiting to see how the whole second record will pan out, especially when it occurred to me that Grammy Award-winning producer Zach Ziskin will be the mixing engineer this time.