Parks Landing is a band from Baltimore, MD. comprised of Niki DiCarlo, Dan Ciarrocchi and Tom Colegrove They recently released their debut effort entitled Little Planes. The band plays a palatable form of indie-pop that is easy on the ears.
Their music leans towards ‘90s alternative but also has an undeniable commercial appeal that is hard to deny. The band gets going with “Voices in my Head” which is one of the highlights on the EP. DiCarlo has an aesthetically pleasing voice and the guitars are warm. It’s a catchy song with not many experimental tendencies but enjoyable enough.
“Little Plane” continues with an upbeat, optimistic energy. The guitars shimmer and reminded me of Bloc Party in a number of ways. As with the first song the band stays on a predictable trajectory without taking too many chances. That being said they reach some impressive crescendos around three-and-a-half minutes in.
The band continues with “At This Point in Time” and “Filters” which falls in with their previous sound. “Another Coast” is the closer, which is the most dynamic and emotionally resonant song. The guitar soars on this track.
The hardest thing Parks Landing might have to figure out is if they are a pop band with more proclivities toward the mainstream or an indie rock band. They have said that fans of Rilo Kiley and Best Coast would appreciate their music but it’s also quite possible that fans of bubble gum pop which is not too far off from Avril Lavigne will appreciate their music as well.
It seems to me as if they are dipping into both sides without committing to either which is often hard to balance and get away with. That being said the band has all the right ingredients. They have established sounds and they have done their homework on how to write a pop song. The band falls into a category of wait and see but I think they are off to a solid start.
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