Monday, July 3, 2017

Parcels ; Overnight




I've written about Parcels not too long ago, the Australian but Berlin-based 5-piece spoke to me not long after completing Dot to Dot Fest in the UK, one of the many shows they've had in a slew of touring this year.

These disco-funk lads are now hitting us again with a new single, Overnight, and it's going to be a surefire hit. Why you ask? Because it was produced and co-written by non other than the French disco Gods themselves, Daft Punk. Overnight is infectious and grooveable, and sounds like it should have belonged on Daft Punk's 2013 album, Random Access Memories. The collaboration just makes sense, and will garner Parcels a monsoon of new fans.

Parcels spoke to NME about the single and working with the duo, "Most surprising was the nature of the collaboration. Despite the obvious status that Daft Punk carry, there was never any ego in the studio. From start to finish it was an equal collaboration with no pressure, only a desire to create something meaningful together. That gave us a lot of confidence in ourselves, as well as respect for those two."

Check out Overnight if you're into 70s-inspired disco groove, Daft Punk, Phoenix, or even just after something to jam to at your next poolside soiree. 

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

TENDER - "Nadir" Video, First Full-Length Album, and Headline Tour


If there is any act out there that's gaining notoriety by what seems like the absolute second, it would be London-based electro-pop duo, TENDER. James Cullen and Dan Cobb are perfect at crafting broody and melancholy yet immensely danceable tracks. They mesh so well together, it's hard to believe they only formed TENDER back in 2015. The two have been unstoppable, from going on tour and supporting highly acclaimed Cigarettes After Sex, to releasing a string of successful EPs and catching the eye of every notable blogger, James and Dan are on a roll. 

TENDER fans (myself included) were in for a huge treat today when the lads announced their first full-length album, Modern Addiction, would be out September 1st via Partisan Records. If that isn't already exciting enough, they also graced us with the official video for recently released single, Nadir, and a UK/US/CAN tour with tickets starting to sell this Friday. 

Holy ***, Christmas essentially came early.

Take a look at the video for Nadir below. In a press release for the band, the team over at TENDER had this to say about the video, 

"The bittersweet nature of 'Nadir' conjures memories of relationships, and the way in which a couples dynamic can shift in many ways. The band wanted something Dance-driven, so they took the route of expressing these dynamics through contemporary movement in collaboration with Jamie Neale. They asked that during the off-kilter parts, one of the dancers would remain in an oblivious daze, stumbling around their partner but never quick catching each other's attention. In a climactic show of desperation our female tries one last time to catch her mans eye. Alas, he remains slumped and disconnect. As she leaves for good, he comes around, realizing that she's gone."

The song itself leaves you in an total daze, with a reverberating and throbbing synth hook, and ultimately complex soundscape. Perfect for those breezy summer nights, Nadir is infectious, smooth, and downright sexy. 


TENDER tour dates: 

Aug 29 – Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
Aug 30 – Glasgow, UK – King Tut’s
Sep 1 – Bristol, UK – Louisiana
Sep 2 – Nottingham, UK – Bodega
Sep 4 – Birmingham, UK – Sunflower Lounge
Sep 5 – London, UK – Village Underground
Sep 10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Sep 11 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
Sep 13 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw
Sep 15 – Seattle, WA – Vera
Sep 17 – Vancouver, BC – Cobalt
Sep 19 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake
Sep 21 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
Sep 22 – Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall
Sep 24 – Washington, DC – Songbyrd
Sep 25 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe
Sep 27 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
Sep 28 – Boston, MA – Great Scott

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