A two-man outfit who eerily resemble Garth Hudson and Rick Danko of the Band circa Music From Big Pink, with a sound that's not totally dissimilar, the Sunparlour Players hark back to the good ol' days. Andrew Penner sounds a little like the guy from the Arcade Fire, but musically theirs is a folksy, rootsy blend that embraces a little blues and gospel for good measure. It's a little like Iron & Wine or Will Oldham, but played with such authenticity, I doubt that Penner and Mark Schachowskoy have even heard of those artists. That may be why their music seems way beyond anything else in the same realm.
Sunparlour Players hit the Tranzac tonight (Thursday, December 15)