Parenthetical Girls - "Curtains": SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artist

If Parenthetical Girls have learned anything over the course of their bewilderingly unorthodox discography, it\'s that they are—for richer or for poorer—a necessarily singular pop group. It\'s a peculiarity that they\'ve learned to embrace—a single-minded conviction that pours itself over every corner of their latest album, Privilege (Marriage Records). Returning to its core membership of vocalist/creative director Zac Pennington and producer/arranger Jherek Bischoff (composer and collaborator with David Byrne, Amanda Palmer, Xiu Xiu, etc.), Privilege retains the group\'s signature ambitions-visceral intimacy, camp austerity, lurid eloquence—while confidently embracing the perfect pop pastiche their previous records only alluded to. Anchored by Pennington\'s distinctively lilting vibrato, Privilege is a cascade of grim particulars and gallows humor-an unflinching treatise on privilege, indiscretion, betrayal, sex and class politics, failure, and resignation. This is Parenthetical Girls in fighting trim: unbridled, unambiguous, and with a new creative candor that\'s felt in both its words and music. Privilege is a 12-track statement of purpose: a bold, strikingly cohesive pop clarion call that further solidifies Parenthetical Girls\' place amongst the most surprising and uncompromising pop groups at work today.