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June 16, 2021

Postmodern Heart

By: Laurie Gallardo

Don’t roll your eyes. You love the schmaltz. Admit it.

It started with Star Parks‘ 2016 debut track “Theoretical Girls,” and grew from there, both in sound and arrangement. Songwriter/vocalist Andy Bianculli‘s solo project evolved into a four-piece band with the release of Don’t Dwell, bringing a whole new level of swoon-worthy melancholic wonders, and that was just the beginning. All the layering going into the gorgeous and, quite frankly, epic LP The New Sounds Of Late Capitalism made it monumental. It’s a beautiful homage to Bianculli’s obscure and more familiar musical influences shaping the (now seven-piece) band’s “Burt Bacharach on a budget” orchestral pop. Of course it’s a love story – besieged by doubt and disappointment. How romantic is that?

Dreamy dreamtime over here. Don’t miss Star Parks at their show tomorrow night, Thursday June 17, at The Far Out Lounge and Stage, 8504 S. Congress Ave., with Otis Wilkins and Stiletto Feels. Doors at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Go on, you’ll love it.