Fruit Bats – The Pet Parade
FRUIT BATS’ ninth LP opens with this invocation, this call from an isolated vocal room to your headphones somewhere out in the world. It’s a beckoning for your trust and attention, but also an assurance in lonely times-a distillation of melancholy wrapped in a danceable waltz. While many of the songs on The Pet Parade were actually written before the pandemic, it’s impossible to disassociate the record from the times. As an example, producer Josh Kaufman
(The Hold Steady, Bob Weir, The National, and Bonny Light Horseman, in which he plays with Johnson and AnaÏs Mitchell) was brought in for his deep emotional touch and bandleading abilities.