When Cale Parks isn’t drumming for Yeasayer, he’s making transportive, mathematical house beats. His second solo EP, Lagoon Fool, is an atmospheric suite that dives deeper into the synthetic textures of Yeasayer and spreads out in every direction. Opening track “Appalachia” is cool and plaintive, while “Big Hills” thuds with heavily reverbed snares. “Jade” features steely, truncated percussion and an eery canned piano tone, while the EP’s title track provides minimal dance floor magnetism with washes of 90’s synthesizers. When listened to in succession, the four tracks evoke the synthetic mystery of early Windows desktop screensavers. Hear the EP below.
Here’s what Parks, who you might also know from his work in Aloha or Band To Watch BRAHMS, had to say about Lagoon Fool:
The release was formed at my grandparents farm in Tennessee after my grandmother passed away and my family sold the farm. Trying to make sonic memories of sounds I remembered from growing up, I recorded a bunch of field recording samples around the barn, fences, stones; all of them made it into the release in some way and shaped the bed of the final product of this EP. “Appalachia” was written around this theme. “Big Hills” continues with the idea of driving thru the mountains around where my family is from, rolling hills and rolling synth basslines, enveloping each other. “Jade” is based on the stone inside of my grandmothers ring collection and the old piano they had outside their bedroom, which was never in tune. “Lagoon Fool” hints at the hillbilly swimming holes and creeks in that area.
Lagoon Fool is out 5/18 on HAKT Recordings. Pre-order it at iTunes.