VANITY FAIR is a split compilation album by instrumental artist Steve Combs and folk-punk duo The Pardos. Combs offers five acoustic songs from his oeuvre of over 200, and The Pardos, fresh off of the release of their first album, For the People, offer songs from that release, as well as earlier works. Despite their different styles, the artists' shared folk influences tie this album together thematically in a unique way.
Steve Combs is an instrumental artist from New York's Hudson Valley. His instrumental and electronic compositions have found great success in the world of free-use music. Combs' liberally-licensed work has been used in videos for MIT, Harvard, FEMA, and The Atlantic, as well as in apps, crowdfunding campaigns, and hundreds of YouTube videos. His song "Brand New Record!" is currently the theme music for the Financial Times news podcast.
His music is available for free download from
The Pardos are a Queens, NY-based folk-punk duo consisting of Adam Rudy (vocals, guitar, ukulele) and Ben Schiery (vocals, accordion). Taking their name from legendary TV announcer Don Pardo and incorporating influences from alternative rock like They Might Be Giants, modern folk acts like Beirut, and pop punk like Green Day, The Pardos write songs about a diverse array of topics both comedic to tragic.
Their music is available for free download from
released November 19, 2015
Songs composed and performed by Steve Combs
Steve Combs - ukulele (1), acoustic guitar (2-5), mandolin (2), bass guitar (2), melodica (3), keyboards (3), synthesizers (3-5)
Side A produced by Steve Combs
1-3 appear on Waking Up
4 and 5 appear on Zealand
6, 9, and 10 written and composed by Adam R. Rudy
7 written and composed by Ben Schiery
8 written by Adam R. Rudy and composed by Ben Schiery
Adam Rudy - acoustic guitar (6, 8-10), vocals (6, 8-10)
Ben Schiery - accordion (7, 8, 10), vocals (7)
Side B produced by Adam Rudy
6 and 9 appear on Context
7, 8, and 10 appear on For the People
Album art by Steve Combs
Side A is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (http://goo.gl/j2ghvm)
Side B is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license (http://goo.gl/aYU0tY)
Released by Parenthetical Records