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Crown of Sparrows

by Monk Parker

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Crown of Sparrows
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04:43
3.
Night Market
4.
04:51
5.
Oh Cousin
6.
Drowned Men

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releases August 4, 2017

All Songs Written & Arranged by Monk Parker

Drums: Greg McCue, Thom Washburn,
Rhodes Bass: Heidi Bricker, Jon Merz
Double Bass: Michael St Clair
Guitars: Monk Parker & Bryan Crowell
Steel: Brockett Hamilton, Doug Walseth, Bob Hoffnar, Adam Torres
Pianos: Lily Wolf & Bryan Crowell
Optigan & Acetone: Kullen Fuchs, Heidi Bricker, Christina Campanella, BC Costello, Christopher Cox, Lily Wolf
Vibraphone: Kullen Fuchs, Monk Parker
Theremin & Saxophones: Monk Parker
Horns: Nick Warrenchuk, Matt Bricker, Heidi Bricker, Kullen Fuchs, Daria Mola Momanaee, Michael St Clair, Jon Merz
Strings: Maurice Chammah, Nick Gregg, Diana Burgess
Vocals: Mike Aho, Bryan Crowell, Monk Parker, Matt Verta-Ray, Heidi Bricker, Adam Torres, Michael St Clair, Chris Cox, Dana Falconberry

Recorded By: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed, Danny Reisch and Max Lorenzen at Good Danny’s, David Boyle at Church House, Erik Wofford at E.A.R., and Monk Parker at home.

Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless.

Cover Photo by Jacqueline Badeaux
Band Photos by Kety Shayne
Letterpressing by Eric Redpath

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Monk Parker Austin, Texas

Pitchfork says "Mournful & elegant, big & brassy... the exquisite dejection is almost celebratory", Rolling Stone France calls his most recent release “perfect, just perfect”, and El Pais declared a recent Madrid performance "monstrously sad & brilliantly anachronistic”.

The new full-length solo release "Crown of Sparrows" comes out on LP & CD in April 2016 on Grand Jury Records.
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Track Name: Gaudy Frame
How could you miss me
Sitting here with this pale girl
& my clear-as-gin halo
Don’t you know
my whole drunken world
Is a gaudy frame
For a picture-perfect girl
How could I miss you
passing by with those bright girls & boys
How could I miss you
passing by in that golden horde
How could I miss you
sitting there with that pale bright boy
Looking like there’s no tomorrow
Don’t you know, don’t you know
My whole drunken world
Is a gaudy frame
For a picture-perfect girl
My whole drunken world
Is a gaudy frame
For a picture-perfect girl, girl
for a picture-perfect girl.
Track Name: Prom
Frankie dear
it’s almost here
It won’t be long
til prom
Frankie baby
the stars all light
the car’s already been and gone
to prom
And all along the long lawn
the stars are falling
the stars are down
it’s all wrong
it’s all wrong
but come on down
& lie to your poor mom
it’s prom
Frankie darling
the band’s gone quiet
Strange how the light
is bent and drawn
into prom
All along the long lawn
the stars are falling
the stars are down
it’s all wrong
it’s all wrong
but come on down
& lie to your poor mom
it’s prom
it’s prom
it’s prom