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Afternoon Naps

"Parade" CD


Genre: indie pop, twee

Cleveland, OH

December 2009

Breezy, summer pop characterizes the output of this Cleveland act, led by songwriter Tom Dechristofaro and keyboardist/arranger Leia Hohenfeld. Parade is a swell, light-weight twee treat with several solid songs although no knock-outs. The approach is a fairly understated one, as these tracks are sweet and refreshing though not the sort which replays endlessly in one's mind. Instrumentally, the band features C86-style guitars and buzzing, sixties bubblegum keyboards to accompany Dechristofaro's lush vocals. Occasionally, Hohenfeld contributes her saccharin voice to the proceedings, adding an appreciated bit of variety to an otherwise homogeneous affair. Parade's standout moments include sweeping "Mitten Fingers" and airy "Bubblegum 45," the latter of which reminds me of cheeky Norwegian act The Loch Ness Mouse. On the other hand, the goofy "Catholic School" epitomizes the main flaw in this record - too much sugar and pop, with limited content; the chorus, which rhymes the word "school" approximately five thousand times, echoes this sentiment nicely. Still, most of this record is a joyful exploit, expertly designed for those who still mourn the passing of Sarah Records.

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"Mitten Fingers" live:

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[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2009]