The former Varnaline singer holed up for three days in a Los Angeles recording studio with Wilco's Ken Coomer, Son Volt pedal-steel expert Eric Heywood and Dumptruck guitarist Kirk Swan to put together a 'small-roomâ?�' sounding record, on which everyone plays together without thinking about it too much. Parker could use an extra shot of electricity here and there ' as Varnaline's swan song Songs in a Northern Key
put forth so well ' but overall this is an unassuming, casually cool record that will sound even better years from now after the songs have been committed to memory and then forgotten. All of Parker's work sounds like a half-remembered dream, emitted from another room and another decade. He doesn't trust the government ('False Positiveâ?�), and he's a skeptic at heart ('Proofâ?�). But he's also something of a sentimentalist who wishes his friends could stick around even if he has to leave.