Parsnip Behold

Upset The Rhythm
26th April 2024

Format Info

LP - clear vinyl

Green shoots have burst forth from Parsnip, let’s warmly welcome the Australian group’s sophomore
album ‘Behold’.

The production is ambitious, with 12-string and acoustic guitars, percussion, piano, saxophone and harmonium all sitting comfortably in these outstanding songs. Drawing comparisons with Dolly Mixture, Sara Goes Pop, Look Blue Go Purple and The Field Mice, Parsnip are an animated ensemble, full of life, emotional complexity and humour. The laughter in the dark is real, but then the sun comes up and we all must meet the day. Even the flowers turn their faces. Behold!

Recorded across three sessions over the last three years, ‘Behold’ is a testament to Parsnip at their
most creative, catchy and collaborative. This album showcases the multi-talents of all four members,
with spirited performances adding dazzle to the thirteen tracks.
Paris Richens lets the bass playfully roam. Carolyn Hawkins tumbles feeling into the drum rumble.
Stella Rennex’s guitar soars alongside her saxophone work, whilst a sprightly keyboard is tenderly
attended by Rebecca Liston. Everyone sings amidst this lush canopy.
Patience, environmental cues and internal signals are integral for a garden to flourish. The same can
be said of the conditions necessary for ‘Behold’ to emerge. It is an album gleeful in reassessment,
changed priorities and anticipation. The roots are deeply anchored to mystery, drinking up a hidden
wonderment that lies within. ‘Monument’ is a twist of melody and mania, “For what am I? But a
channel of light” they attest amongst the whoops and hollers. ‘The Babble’ sounds like Ray Davies
playing Wordle for enlightenment. In fact most of these songs are pointing the way towards growth
and understanding. ‘Turn to Love’ is mesmeric and timeless, thoroughly serene and perfectly judged.
Parsnip write songs as a form of communion with the intangible in our increasingly delusory world,
but there is always a gentle reminder; don’t take anything too seriously! “My head is gonna split in
two, fix it with flour and glue” they demand on ultimate bop ‘Papier-Mâché’, this juxtaposition of
mature resolve with childlike astonishment packs a more powerful punch.