Zeena Parkins: Between the Whiles
Having collaborated with artists ranging from Sonic Youth to Yoko Ono to Bjork, Zeena Parkins proves it: The classical harp is really a rock 'n' roll instrument. Forget angelic choirs; Zeena is the Jimi Hendrix of the amplified harp. With more soar, shimmer, screech, whine and wail than ever before, her new album, Between the Whiles, hurls wildly into oscillating soundscapes, showcasing her artistic vision and technical versatility. The sonic scope is immense, and there's a lot to explore; dive deep, and you'll come up with some rare and eerie treasures. Liner notes by Terry de Castro of The Wedding Present.
Zeena Parkins: Nightmare Alley (reissue)
Step right up and meet the astounding Zeena Parkins, the world's greatest electric harpist. Forget about angelic choirs; Zeena cites Jimi Hendrix as a major inspiration, and her harp work is similarly explosive, often blurring into fuzz-distorted terrain. Parkins is a lightning bolt of a performer, and a much sought after collaborator; she works frequently with Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo and Jim O'Rourke, has performed with Courtney Love and Yoko Ono, and has recorded extensively and toured the world several times with Icelanic avant-pop diva Bjork.
Recorded in 1992, Nightmare Alley was Zeena's first solo release and the first CD on Table of the Elements. A hypnotic classic, it lures the listener into a parallel world of sensations, one that is disorienting and surreal, strangely pleasurable and more than a little dangerous. Step inside if you dare - you won't believe your ears!
Includes new artwork and liner notes by journalist Steve Dollar.