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Charlie Parr; Infinite Religions; Hey, Remember Nostalgia: This week’s Minnesota record releases

Infinite Religions: Duality

The multimedia creation of artist and musician Neal Calvin Peterson, Infinite Religions’ forthcoming Duality is more than just an album. Funded by Kickstarter, Duality is part high-tech shoegaze pop, part conceptual undertaking, part sculptural experimentation, and part space travel. Intrigued? The digital album is available today, and will also be released on 99 limited-edition records that are sure to excite everyone’s inner art connoisseur. (Watch for a feature on this project, coming up this week on the Local Current blog.)

Hey, Remember Nostalgia: Hey, Remember Nostalgia

You may recognize a couple of the names in the line-up of this group—Dan Vogel and Chris Polley—from Paragraphs, whose stellar instrumental album was featured in last week’s roundup. With the addition of Mark Waller, Chad Igo, and Brigitte Mussack (who has also contributed to Paragraphs), we get Hey, Remember Nostalgia, a fuzzed-out five-piece pop act. On their debut self-titled release, Hey Remember Nostalgia combine twinkling guitar and piano riffs with timeless vocal harmonies and breezy percussion. The effect is both contemporary and—yes—nostalgic, as the sweet, mellow sounds harken back to favorite records of bygone decades. Hey, Remember Nostalgia is out today and available for download on several platforms. The band will also perform a record release show on January 24 at Amsterdam Bar and Hall with Hot Freaks and Bear the Sound.

Charlie Parr: Hollandale

One of Duluth’s favorite hometown musicians, Charlie Parr will now release his 12th album, Hollandale, an improvised instrumental record that marks an intriguing milestone in Parr’s long and prolific career. Consisting of five blues-folk string tunes, Hollandale came to fruition after Parr was encouraged by friend and fellow musician Alan Sparhawk to freestyle in an abandoned house he had been renovating. Parr was up to the challenge, and references many sources of inspiration, like the essences landscapes and memories—as well as an homage to Parr’s hometown of Hollandale, Minnesota—told with sound. The album will be out January 28 on Chaperone Records, and Parr will play a Duluth release show at Sacred Heart Music Center on January 25. The Minneapolis release show will take place at the Cedar Cultural Center on February 1.

KT Lindemann is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Morris, pursuing studio art and Spanish. She is a native of the Twin Cities and is a wannabe musician, artist, and music writer.