The last time we spoke with Parker Millsap, he was touring in the wake of 2016’s The Very Last Day, a folk album whose powerful, church-tent charisma shone a light on the singer’s roots in gospel music. Two years later, the 24-year-old Millsap is exploring new sounds. . .and making Other Arrangements.
His fourth album, Other Arrangements doubles down on an appreciation for old-school rock & roll and classic pop. Recorded with his road band during breaks in the group’s cross-country touring schedule, the album mixes Millsap’s voice – an otherworldly howl, shot through with equal parts Pentecostal punch and southern swagger – with faster tempos and bursts of electric guitar. The combination reaches a boiling point with the record’s kickoff single, “Fine Line.”
Raw and rhythmic, “Fine Line” finds its frontman wailing about a life spent on the edge, somewhere between sanity and chaos. “I might be slightly unnerving,” he sings during the song’s chorus, “but honey, I don’t bite – I’m just a little bloodthirsty.”
“I think rock & roll songs are a great place for any sort of lyrics,” says Millsap, who recorded the song’s electrified, guitar-heavy stomp on a pair of small, low-wattage amps. “This one is about maybe partying a little too hard, or about a rock and roll show, or maybe it’s about a vampire. I’m not sure yet.”
Other Arrangements arrives May 4th courtesy of Thirty Tigers.