A singer worth noting
Reviewed March 2010
Dear Love / Days in Universe single
By Maren Parusel
Single Screen Records: 2010
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Who still issues singles on vinyl anymore? Apparently, singers with a love affair with the craft of creating classic pop sounds.
San Diegan (and transplanted German) Maren Parusel has a new 45 rpm single out, and the two songs on it are both charming bits of the purest form of rock-era pop. Grounded in gorgeous arrangements that are framed around Parusel's Audrey Hepburnesque singing voice, both songs feature decadent main themes the sort of immediately catchy little figures that get stuck in your head and make you want to listen to them again.
Side A's "Dear Love" is a bit dark in both its lyrical content about slow heartache, and in the structure. Yet like a lot of songs about love gone wrong, it's balanced by a sweet melody.
"Days in Universe," the B side, is much the stronger tune. Charmingly offbeat in its arrangement with impressionistic lyrics, the song has a dreamlike quality only heightened by Parusel's gentle vocals.
Two songs doesn't seem much in the way of introducing yourself to local music fans. And there aren't any dee-jays to impress on local radio nor jukeboxes to stock with her 45s.
But there are two wonderful songs here, and a singer worth noting.
Review by Jim Trageser. Jim is a writer and editor living in Escondido, Calif., and was a contributor to the "Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD" (1993) and "The Routledge Encyclopedia of the Blues" (2005).