“A living dog is better than a dead lion.” (Thoreau)
Corey Parlamento, aka Livingdog, has a songwriting style that is best described as a mix of literature and cinema. When you listen to his music you are immediately brought in to a particular world that is both familiar and mysterious. His lyrics blend magical realism and narrative fiction to depict the modern mundane in a way that highlights the humor and beauty of the world around us. The composition and instrumentation of his songs pull from elements of indie rock, film scores, and American folk music. His music has been compared to that of Bill Callahan, Father John Misty, and Lambchop. Parlamento currently resides in Asheville, NC. He has released two full length albums, Summer Homes and Childsurvivors, and two EP's, 2015's Scavenger Angels and 2018's All This Beauty.
In Parlamento's newest release, All This Beauty, he sets aside the stripped down isolated experimentation of 2016's Childsurvivors and embraces collaboration with an ensemble including horns and strings. He presents an expansive, cinematic sound without jeopardizing the humble sincerity of his songs. They range from sparse ballads like "Spirit Wander" to songs like "Rats and Crows" that feel more like the score to a sci-fi western. Parlamento’s vocals serve as a common thread, keeping the songs connected and grounded. His voice draws comparisons to singers like Chris Isaak and Elvis Perkins. Blending elements of dystopian fiction with personal narrative, Parlamento’s lyrics deal with the struggles of modern interpersonal connection, nature and simplicity, and the falling away of societal roles. All This Beauty displays Parlamento’s progression and skill as a songwriter and a composer.
Since his emergence in the Asheville, NC area in 2013, Livingdog has progressively become a strong presence in the Asheville music scene Whether performing as a full band, or solo, Livingdog brings audiences an “honest and seductive setlist, driven by haunting, flawless vocals”. (Ali Marshall- The Mountain Xpress)