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[Our Day in the Sun] "splits the difference between the Arcade Fire’s communal chorales and Animal Collective’s clap-happy euphoria." -Pitchfork

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Full color 6 panel cd wallet with full lyrics and credits.
Art and design by Phil Pascuzzo, most well-known for his Tom Wolfe book jacket covers and the Twitter Bird. Phil created a stunning diorama, cutting and arranging layers of paper waves, stringing cotton balls to look like clouds, and origami birds flying through the air. He then photographed it and turned into a most beautiful six panel disc jacket, complete with our lyrics and album credits. www.pepcostudio.com

14 original songs
All songs written, recorded and performed by:
Eric Krans + Jen O'Connor
Produced and mixed by: Eric Krans + Jen O'Connor
Mastered by: Frank Moscowitz

Earth-friendly packaging printed with vegetable-based inks and water-based biodegradable varnishes. Full color CD made on vintage CD replication equipment using audiophile-class TrueSound process, which includes glass mastering and longer injection molding times.

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Our Day in the Sun chronicles the adventures of the authors through their traumatic trip from land to sea and back; from the obsessive mantras of grabbing for a dream to the restorative mantras of the post-grievous. It is based on a true story of ambition, demise and redemption told in musical vignette.

Our Day in the Sun marks the revival of trance-folk pop, with haunting out-of-tune pianos, grooving stand up bass melodies, counterpoint guitars, and poly-rhythmic percussion smashed against your speakers; Phil Spector’s wall-of-sound adapted and retrofitted from over-the-counter-microphones through state-of-the-art computer programs.

R.I.Y.L.: Animal Collective, The Mamas and the Papas, Belle + Sebastian, Phil Spector.

The Parlor is Eric Krans (my husband) and Jen O’Connor (me), two best friends who have written music together since meeting in a dormitory elevator. Our band is named in honor of the room in the haunted 19th century farmhouse in Upstate New York where we write and record. Our music, performed live with a band of friends, has been described as enchanting, magical, and inspiring.

The Parlor has performed at the Farm Aid festival alongside music icons Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and Dave Matthews. They have opened for Grammy Nominated artists the The Lumineers, and have shared the stage with Willy Mason, Deer Tick, Man Man, Phantogram, and Sharon VanEtten.

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Each item you buy helps to support The Kirk Estate – the 19th century haunted farmhouse and surrounding property where I live that has been preserved for five generations. These photos were taken there. Our small scale farm is worked the old fashioned way; no chemicals, no petroleum intensive machines -only sustainable farming practices that help to improve the land, the environment, the wildlife, and the people. Thank you for your support of this time and effort intensive process. Your purchase is helping to make a difference. To learn more about The Kirk Estate visit: www.thekirkestate.com

Frequently asked questions about TheKirkEstate

Complementary gift notes are available upon request.
In an effort to save ink and paper, a printed invoice is not included with your order. If you would like a receipt to be included with your purchase please let me know before your item is shipped.

Planting instructions are included under each listing. Printed instructions will be included upon request.
Because our seeds are separated by hand and not machine, expect to see some plant chaff mixed in with your seeds. This organic plant matter will break down naturally in the soil. All of our seeds and herbs are grown using organic, sustainable, and natural farming practices. No fertilizers or chemicals are ever used. Plants are only fed homemade compost, sun, rain, and limited Village water when necessary. Seeds are packaged in one of a kind handmade envelopes made from recycled paper, or in 100% recyclable kraft envelopes in order to reduce the amount of waste that surrounds our products.
Seeds are hand packed to ensure you receive only the healthiest seeds. Please familiarize yourself with growing conditions and instructions for your seeds before you plant them, as all seeds are different. Basic growing instructions can be found under each listing or by going to http://www.csrees.usda.gov/Extension/index.html to find your State's Cooperative Extension. Be sure to keep your seeds well watered after you plant them to ensure proper germination. Keep your seeds alive by storing them properly: keep your seeds in a dark, cool place (40-50 degrees F) with low-humidity. Never store seed in a warm, humid, or sunny spot. Stored properly, most seed will last for several years.
Our soap is made the old fashioned way in small batches here at the Kirk Estate, using the cold process method and a combination of natural and organic vegetable oils as well as organic herbs from our farmstead. All of our soap is free of dyes and animal byproducts and has a light natural scent.
As required by the FDA, we do not make any claims regarding the cosmetic or health related properties of our soaps.
It is normal for handmade soap to sweat lightly when it can't breathe or when it is hot and humid. Once you receive your soap, unwrap it and place in a cool, dry place to allow any excess moisture to evaporate.

Original Music CD, Our Day in the Sun by The Parlor, 14 original songs, six panel album art, indie + rock + pop + folk