French trio Revolver have just made their SXSW debut, but judging by the groupâ€™s EP, Parallel Lives, theyâ€™re ready to break through to the mainstream. Perfecting an acoustic sound they refer to as â€œpop de chambreâ€ (chamber pop isÂ in a similar vein to chamber music), Revolver sounds like Mystery Jets cross-pollinated with The Divine Comedy. Gentle guitar picking mingles with layered, serene vocals that have a clear influence from groups like Simon & Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young.
At just four tracks in length, ParallelÂ Lives is just enough to spark a craving for more. â€œParallel Livesâ€ is a poignant glimpse at the competitive edge of growing up with a peer, while â€œLosing Youâ€ is a slice of 60’s pop reminiscent of The Beatles. â€œMonkâ€ shows the groupâ€™s ability to become more upbeat with the introduction of some percussion, while â€œBalulalowâ€ is a glimpse at their sound bending to accommodate carols.
If this EP gets you excited, then pick up the full-length debut, Music for a While.