Mechanochemical's answer to stagnation

Mechanochemical's electronic landscapes offer more than just a catchy hook

"Just Breathe" Desperation can lead to creativity, and when Richard Parsons lost the use of his left hand due to a wretched case of tendinitis, he sank into a deep depression thinking that he could no longer make music. When he finally realized that his other hand and voice work just fine, he shook off the stagnation and jumped in the studio only to return with a collection of 12 new songs that became the new Mechanochemical album, Keeping the Wolves From the Door.

With several musical projects under his command, Parsons clearly demonstrates that stagnation is not his style. He has released two solo albums and various works as Toontunes, Luna Versus You, Pop Up Trailer Park, and now Mechanochemical. “There's just too much fun to be had in the studio to lock myself into one sound that's boring as hell,” Parsons says. “I might wake up one morning and decide to make a pop record, do it, and then a week later make a sludge-rock record. I'm just not that loyal to any specific genre.”

It’s the first album that Parsons has churned out under the Mechanochemical moniker, and it’s a moody excursion that’s heavily laced in programmed beats and tweaked-out sounds. Parsons’ strength as a songwriter shines through the electronic landscape as the vocal melodies carry each sound manipulation beyond its digital origin and into a more organic realm. The introspective lyrics detract from the pop sensibility of the songs, allowing the listener to indulge in more than just catchy hooks.


Keeping the Wolves From the Door will be available via Mechanochemical’s Bandcamp page on Tues., May 17.