Brice Randall Bickford "Paro" LP

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Brice Randall Bickford "Paro" LP

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Brice Randall Bickford is best known for his folk-country project The Strugglers, which released 4 LPs during the 2000s and toured the US and Europe consistently. In 2011 he decided to shed that moniker and play under his own name.

"Paro" is his second LP (after 2011's eponymous debut). Bickford again teamed up with producer Scott Solter (The Mountain Goats, Spoon, Superchunk) and arranger/keyboardist Alex Lazara (The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers). Iconic guitarist Ash Bowie (Polvo) contributed heavily to the album as well. 

Mastered specifically for vinyl by Brent Lambert at Kitchen Mastering and pressed at Record Technology, Inc. (RTI), the finest pressing plant in the USA. This album sounds incredibly warm and organic.

The word "paro" means labor strike in Spanish and the album explores themes such as humanity's tendency toward greed, control over others, systems of government, and the consequences of the adoption of agriculture.. It's a complex, literary album with bright, subtle arrangements. A true slow-burn that reveals with each repeated listen.    

This record was finished last year around the time Bickford and his wife welcomed their first child, and it has been waiting patiently for a wider release.

His skill as a songwriter has earned wide recognition from influential musicians and critics alike. Pitchfork has described his technique as “tracing a single thought or sketching a single image throughout the winding course of several bars, building suspense and making you wait patiently for the pay-off.” 

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