Six Parts Seven: Casually Smashed to Pieces

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From the don’t-judge-a-book-by-its-cover department: Knowing nothing about Six Parts Seven, I was sure when I received the band’s latest offering, Casually Smashed to Pieces, this had to be some metal band, and there was no way I’d even bother listening. I mean, just look at that cover what with the menacing viking and all.

Ahhh, irony. Imagine my surprise when I see Six Parts Seven listed as opener on tour for folk-country favorite Richard Buckner (April 3 at Rhythm Room in Phoenix, by the way). Not only is Six Parts Seven opening, it will be the backing band for Buckner during his set (via). In the many times I’ve seen Buckner, never have I seen him with a full band. So, naturally, I was curious (not to mention embarrassed by my shallow first impressions).

This is an instrumental album, which usually sets off warning alarms inside my head … ahem, Ratatat. But Casually Smashed (on Suicide Squeeze) is concise – eight songs, 31 minutes, to be exact. Anyone with a short-attention span can appreciate that. But anyone with a good ear can love the textures here, supplemented nicely by horns and lap-steel guitars. As a huge fan of Buckner, the pairing all makes perfect sense to me now.

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