Parenthetical Girls | Curtains
The Parenthetical Girls close out their “Privilege 12” series of songs with the fifth and final set, “Privilege, pt. V: Portrait of a Reputation”. It includes the song “Curtains”, a stellar tongue-in-cheek title for a love affair coming to end: “Under a sky of patent leather / Together just one last night / And when it’s time, just remember / That these were your reasons why / A slap on the wrist / There are fates worse than this … / And none that spring to my mind / If you close your eyes and think it over / It’s better we said goodbye / And let’s not talk of love …” The imagery is beautiful and anatomically lush — lingering on words like lips, neck, navel — and secrets. The song is uniquely awash in an 80s nostalgia, and yet the subtle style of the arrangement of strings, the pulsing synth, and crystalline female backing vocal is modern and ambrosial. It’s a pretty rendering of soft love and even softer goodbyes. Order the box set here. — David D. Robbins Jr.