The Six Parts Seven
"The Attitudes of Collapse" (btv053)
Buy Online | $8ppd

Track listing:
1. From California to Houston, on Lightspeed
2. On Marriage
3. The Attitudes of Collapse
4. Song of Impossible Things

The Six Parts Seven are very patient men. Spend some time with their
three full-length players and you'll be convinced of it. Since brothers
Allen and Jay Karpinski started the band in 1995, Ohio's finest
instrumental outfit has worked to build stunning musical landscapes
based wholly on the principles of melody and restraint. The band is
careful to avoid the early grave of mediocrity that plagues so many
instrumental bands, adding intricate and essential touches to their trigui
tar, drums and bass setup (a hear tbreaking lap steel , the
understated backbone of a grand piano, subtle and tasteful samples).
Nothing is exploited, and the complete package is congruent and sure,
boasting a maturity smart enough to not choke the very necessary
space where the songs live and breathe.

The Six Parts Seven have perfected their signature lush and leading
compositions, leaving listeners dazzled by fresh sonic additions to the
independent rock cannon and haunted by a ful ly inescapable

The Six Parts Seven became connected to Burnt Toast Vinyl while
touring with roster artist Denison Witmer in spring 2002. Label owner
Scott Hatch alternated between daytime Florida spring training baseball
games and nighttime shows, becoming friends with the band and
proposing a one-sided LP release. Later in 2002, The Six Parts Seven
played parts on Witmer's Philadelphia Songs album released on Burnt
Toast Vinyl and toured with him again in Spring 2003. Now, in 2004, the
final result, The Attitudes of Collapse, finally finds its way to retail

The one-sided LP features 3 brand new songs and a fourth song that
was previously recorded and released, but was revamped and rerecorded
for this release. Though piano parts have been used by The
Six Parts Seven in the past, the songs on The Attitudes of Collapse
one-sided LP make heavier use of the piano to carry melodies, shifting
the band's sound in a more focused and refined direction. Piano parts
are fundamental to both "From California to Houston by Lightspeed" and
"On Marriage" and the result is more restrained and refined than other
releases. The shifting dynamics are still present, but tweaked to be
less rambunctious. The repetitive use of spoken samples in "From
California to Houston by Lightspeed" is as close as the band gets to
actually adding vocals to their instrumental songs themselves. The title
track drops the piano in favor of warm lap steel warbles, light drum
beats and cymbal crashes, and layered guitar and bass parts in their
signature style. "Song of Impossible Things" dist i l ls the chord
progression of the traditional "Amazing Grace" with unbelievable
interpretation that makes the song wholly theirs, perhaps a successful
result to which the song title alludes.