Singer-songwriter, neo-ragtime vocalist Dessy Di Lauro and musical director/producer Ric’key Pageot (touring keyboardist to Madonna and writer for Jill Scott and Earth Wind & Fire) announce their official partnership as recording duo Parlor Social with the release of single “It’s Complicated (Let Go)" and Say Hep Hep – The EP.
Creating a sound inspired by jazz pioneers, Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway, Parlor Social uses the musical language of the Harlem Renaissance era fused with today’s urban beats, contemporary sounds and catchy R&B hooks. If Cab Calloway, Outkast, and Lauryn Hill would have a love-child, it would sound like this.
With critical acclaim from several tastemakers in the blogosphere, AFROPUNK reverences the duo’s“...Blend [of] hip-hop, soul, RnB, and ragtime into a sound and style that looks back on the last 100 years of black culture while simultaneously looking forward.” LA Weekly states, “Di Lauro's honeyed vocals are smart, sassy and sensual.” Perez Hilton coins the act as a, “postmodern jukebox meets Blu Cantrell ” while Motown praises them as, “a unique visionary that transcends genres [and] eras of time..” The duo also garners praise from the likes of Buzzfeed, Jazziz, EBE Magazine, Kontrol Magazine, The Examiner, YRB Magazine and more!
Allen Foster of AXS remarks, “Parlor Social still wields the same evocative sound that earned award- winning vocalist Dessy Di Lauro the distinction of being named ‘Hot 100 Live Unsigned Artists and Bands’ by Music Connection Magazine.
Parlor Social’s latest efforts still perpetuates the dynamics and energy of their live shows as the other records have in the past. Essence Magazine sums up the album in one word “funky.” Their residency with Hotel Cafe, entitled ‘Retrofuturism’ happens every Monday night in June at 9 PM. Each week, Parlor Social will feature a local band to co-headline with. Among them, The Endangered led by NBC's 'The Voice' contestant Maiya Sykes, and member of Emmy award nominated female tap group, Syncopated Ladies, Sarah Reich & the Tap Music Project. Visit Hotel Cafe’s website for tickets and more information.