A Very Thorough Look at Park The Van’s Taster


Park the Van – Taster Vol.3:

The sampler/”taster” is laid out by artists, each artist has 2 songs. Below, the review is also broken down by artist. It’s a fairly easy roadmap. I hope you enjoy!

Pepi Ginsberg:
I like it. She has a “peppy”, strong, unique voice. It has me trying to sing along before even knowing the words. “Waterline” is better than the “Contortionist”. But here, her strength is the uniqueness.

The Peekers:
For “Close My Eyes”, the vocal’s strength is the jazz style. It’s a time warp once again. It you can’t tell I’m in complete admiration of female leader singers. I wish I had the pipes. “Canoe Trip” is completely different by opening with male vocals and charming bells. They pull influences straight form the Beatles’ Lonely Heart’s Club. The guitars and the almost flat delivery of the lead singer and highlights of the back vocals makes it interesting, but very Beatles. It’s not bad, just very classic rock.

Dr. Dog:
Dr. Dog’s songs steal the show. “The Girl” is good but what really took me by surprise was their take on the blues with “Fate”. They reach all the crucial elements for blues. They make a guitar sing, but the more importantly, the sorrow-filled vocals. And it’s sincere. Lyrics include: “fate has a funny way of coming around”.

Golden Boots:
They happen to be masters on the sliding guitar. They sing well. And the instrumentations play just as big a roll as the vocals. However, the lyrics – eh. For an example: “the rain is getting wetter”, or “the days are nights, the nights are long”. It’s that folk appeal of the adage type stuff. Their 2nd song, “Rubble” is Beatle-esque lullaby, except there aren’t metaphors. It’s really about his lover, who is dead, after he killed her? Maybe it was accidental? Creepy? Yes, but it’s still (maybe) a love song. I got confused in that little soap opera detour.

The High Strung
They amp up the compilation after that slower song. However even with the trumpets and fast pace, it doesn’t do it for me. “Arrow” is annoying and whiny, and it’s mainly just that word being repeated so much that bothers me.

The Teeth:
Teeth’s “The Coolest Kid In School” doesn’t rock me. However, “Shoulderblade” gives that early rock feel. If they turned up their amps and yelled, it would verge on punk. But either way, it works.

The music builds with suspense, but still remains pop. It kind of reminds me of the Strokes. Tulsa turns up the reverb in “Mass”. It as a guitar solo and I can’t understand a word he says, nor do I really want to. I’ve heard this before, like in the early years of prog rock. It’s just not enough. He yearns for Juliya in “Breath Thin”, but it doesn’t sound genuine. Similarly, the guitar solo has the same effect of seeming… fake. The band just doesn’t deliver.

Seth Kauffman:
Whatever effects are used on Seth Kauffman, works. It’s that aged vinyl feel. And the use of cowbells and female backing vocals on this soulful tack. Absolute sway. The connect has the same effect. Soul-aged and still fresh. I know this isn’t the best soul or is it completely soul, but it’s slow and melodic and nostalgic. Similar to how soul is found today.


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