Anders Parker, Space Mountain Man

Anders Parker, Space Mountain Man

I don’t know what to call this decade, so in the spirit of complete herd mentality, I’m going with “the naughts.” Over the next couple of weeks, I will attempt to briefly lay out some of my favorite music artists of the decade. I don’t know how many there are and I don’t know how many I’ll get to put up as blog posts, because, if you haven’t been keeping track, my time available for blogging is dwindling. Oh, don’t worry, the blog will always be here and I’ll always write here, but the volume of posts won’t be as high as my pre-children life. By now you’ve gotten used to that though.

Anyway, the first person I thought of when I considered my favorite artists of the decade is Anders Parker. Does it mean he was my absolute favorite of the decade? I don’t know. I don’t know if I’ll ever know. But I know his body of work this decade is so completely breathtaking and vast, with a stylistic range that many other artists really oughta be jealous of. As I have repeated here over the years like a hammer monotonously bam-bam-bam-bam-bamming, a distinct voice always gets me, and Parker has one. It’s just one of many arrows in this guy’s musical quiver.

Parker’s musical hovercraft regularly visits a few genres. I think he’s a rocker at heart, but he also carries with him a deep spirit of 1970s golden AM radio, Neil Young’s ROCK side and beautiful, sometimes haunting folk songs. His new album (released in 2009) – a double, mind you – contains one album of spaced-out, armageddon-ish drum-machine pop and one album of quiet, acoustic folk. Yeah, just try to put a label on him. That’s why I love him – because you can’t! See my Item Five interview with Anders from 2005 here.

Here’s two song samples, in case you’re in the mood for some simply terrific songs from a huge, under-appreciated talent. (FACEBOOKERS: click here if you want to go straight to my site to hear the songs)

Come On Now (from 2005’s “Tell It To The Dust”) —> [audio:come.mp3]

The Wounded Astronaut (from 2005’s “The Wounded Astronaut”) —> [audio:wound.mp3]