The Six Parts Seven

SXSW Records

Phases and Stages

The Six Parts Seven

Things Shaped in Passing (Suicide Squeeze) Luckily, music this good does not need -- indeed defies -- categorization. The sublime and meandering tracks on The Six Parts Seven's Things Shaped in Passing cannot be accurately pinned down as anything pop or rock, and they certainly aren't jazz or classical. Repetition of melody leads to variation on theme leads to long, sparingly developed compositions that develop and flow in almost unnoticeable, organic fashion. What this all boils down is something so beautiful it hurts. The Kent, Ohio-based outfit understands that when music is stripped down to near silence, every part comes into sharper focus, every note carries a greater weight. A tiny piano sequence inserted at just the right place, like that perfect plinking in "The Want and the Waiting," makes all the difference in the world. Locals might compare this to former Austin band Paul Newman; others may hear faint echoes of Yo La Tengo or even recent Bill Frisell. Patient guitars and drums that focus as much on space between sounds as on advancing the beat create a calm, consistent world where the subtle input of piano and lap steel seem like new life with every phrase. Music to live by. (Friday, March 15, Buffalo Billiards, 9pm)

****

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
X: The Godless Void and Other Stories (Record Review)

Alejandra Ramirez, Feb. 21, 2020

Texas Platters
Daniel Johnston
Chicago 2017 (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Feb. 21, 2020

More by Christopher Hess
Phases & Stages
Rob Halverson
Second Whirled (Record Review)

Feb. 4, 2005

Phases and Stages
Stratford 4
Love and Distortion (Record Review)

March 14, 2003

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle