Transient Response is the debut by Turners Falls-based quartet New Parents led by Adam Langellotti of Sore Eros and widely hailed for his engineering work. The sound is languid ruralist prog-pop, with help from Gary War, Ma Turner, and Shannon & Beverly Ketch. New Parents can be pretty raw live, but the overall vibe here is smoother and distinctly out-of-time recalling everything from Fraser & DeBolt to Brinsley Schwarz to Great Plains. The layered production gives the record an early '70s feel, but the more you play it, the clearer its contemporary origins become.
Amongst the classic rock instrumental touches there are short bursts of weirdness that telegraph a 21st Century post-whatsis aesthetic. Jenifer Gelineau's violin work is an extremely important part of the tunes on which it appears. Her work has a texture that binds Adam's voice and words to a point that looks forward and backwards in equal measures. Her fiddle is the gyroscope at the center of things. The fact that Anthony Pasquarosa did the cover art and Lee Ranaldo provided the insert photo are indicative of the company New Parents keep.