Touch But Don't Look Deantoni Parks
Intriguing solo debut by Deantoni Parks (The Mars Volta) featuring synths, live and programmed drums
“Touch But Don’t Look” is an astonishingly good electronic album by current The Mars Volta drummer Deantoni Parks (whom I really didn’t like too much on their otherwise excellent latest album). This one is an intriguing solo debut, however. Tracks like “Make My Day,” “Dickie Newman” and “Best Day of My Life” are spectacular. Since Parks is a drummer, “Touch But Don’t Look” is a very percussive album. His intricate drumming is accompanied by droning and buzzing synthesizers, creating weird, yet danceable music. The quirky “Let’s Go Hazy” has a nice curiosity flair, while “Dead Confederate” contrasts a glockenspiel lullaby melody with a hard drum rhythm and deep, droning synth bass (making it almost reminiscent of D.A.F.’s “Der Räuber und der Prinz”). “Dancin’ Like a Feather” closes the album, featuring Betty Black on vocals. Synths, live drums and programmed drums are all it takes Parks to deliver a fascinating solo album.