Parsonsfield, known for their rustic, stirring sounds and warm harmonies, the four-piece rockers now add dreamy synthesizers, hypnotizing loops, warped pianos, melodic fuzz, and vintage drum machines to make upbeat American music that’s more groovy and danceable than any of their previous work.
Happy Hour on the Floor opens with “Paper Floor,” a love story between two striving young professionals who come together in New York City. When money and social status become the foundation of their relationship, it’s like living in a house with the titular ‘paper floor.’ The rest of Happy Hour on the Floor tells similarly vivid tales, with a wide range of sounds. The songs tell multiple stories sharing one tale: how we learn to lean into each other. The “happy hour on the floor” is that time drinking wine out of paper cups with your loved ones; it’s that hour of joy that, if we look for it, can be found everywhere. Parsonsfield knows this struggle between “what we want” and “want we have” well. After forming in college as a band of musical outsiders - too rock for folk, too folk for punk, too punk for bluegrass - this new record follows a period of uncertainty for each member: new cities, new relationships, new responsibilities. With the departure of their longtime bass player, the five-piece reformed as four, and moved to the outskirts of Boston, hunkering down for a few weeks in a farmhouse in the summer heat to record new music. The result is their most adventurous project yet.