The band have also shared a visual for Famous.
Image: Remi Ferrante Hartman
Parcels have treated us all today with the release of their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Day/Night.
The record offers up two juxtaposing sides, Day and Night, with each side offering up different views and perspectives of the inner and outer self, and the world we exist in. With over 150 demos going into the project, the band spent three months between touring and working on the album getting reacquainted with their instruments sharing: "it was like instrument boot camp, we'd been touring and playing the songs over and over again and we were becoming rigid; we weren’t having a conversation with our instruments. We came in every day, put on songs that we liked, talked about their different elements and learned how to play them: classic blues, soul, folk, funk, heavy metal.”
Intricately weaving together threads of western folk and classic pop, the five-piece explore new sonic terrain, creating a layered and textural collection of songs. Across the body of work, Parcels explore the duality of life, navigating the juxtaposition of identity vs anonymity, family vs independence, belonging vs isolation and nostalgia vs projection. Alongside the album, the band have shared a visual for Famous, directed by Carmen Crommelin.
“Famous’ lyrics grapple with the narrow ideas of success in modern society and how they are presented to us. Jules sings a message of warning to us all, including the rest of the band, of the issues anyone can face by living publicly and the emphasis on the individual within social media. The music was put together as an amalgamation of rearranged ideas in Jules’ demo folder that we jammed on in our rented hideaway in Australia. We embraced the idea of the instrumental representing a dusty-western landscape in the verse, polarised with a glittering disco-dip chorus break. The song then fragments into disjointed grooves that emphasise the building anxiety within the Night album.” they share of the track.
The five-piece recently shared a special live performance visual of their track, Free. Filmed in Wilyakali, Australia, the clip highlights the small town, diverting attention to supporting local rural business. The Wilyakali or Wiljaali are an Australian aboriginal tribal group of the Darling River basin in Far West New South Wales, Australia. Their traditional lands centred on the towns of Broken Hill and Silverton and surrounding country.
Day/Night is out now!