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The Parlor has performed at Farm Aid with Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews among others. They have opened for acts such as The Lumineers, Deer Tick, Willy Mason, Phantogram, and Sharon VanEtten.

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

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.

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. Had Belle and Sebastian left If You’re Feeling Sinister to age in a cask full of Animal Collective, Radiohead and The Mamas and the Papas, this album would’ve been made already. But they didn’t. So we had to.

The album Our Day in the Sun helped to earn us the title of Best Band in the region, and the music was featured in an award winning full-length Zombie movie, earning the award for Best Soundtrack at the Toronto Film Festival. One of our music videos from the album premiered on the blog Consequence of Sound.

All songs were written, performed, recorded, mixed & produced by myself and my husband Eric in the parlor of the Kirk Estate, the Upstate New York 19th century haunted farmhouse where we live.

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.

“…a brand of music forged by contemporary methods but built from organic, acoustic, folk-based textures. It’s the sonic corollary to what the couple is bringing to their land, an artisanal reimagining of an antique dream,” Metroland

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We asked our friend, the talented Phil Pascuzzo, (most well-known for his Tom Wolfe book jacket covers and designing the Twitter Bird) to do the album art for us. What he created was a stunning full sized 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 the diorama and turned into a most beautiful six panel disc jacket, complete with our lyrics and album credits. See more of his incredible work here:

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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:

Original Music CD, Our Day in the Sun by The Parlor, 14 Original Songs, Six Panel Album Art, indie music, rock music, pop music, folk music

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