Their sophomore album, Day/Night, is due out next month!
Image: Remi Ferrante Hartman.
Parcels are have treated fans today with a new taste of their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Day/Night. The new track, Theworstthing, joins the previously released Somethinggreater, Comingback and Free, in the lead up to their forthcoming body of work.
The intimate and poetic track navigates acceptance within a relationship and the acknowledgement of supressed feelings disappointment, shame and hurt, as well as compassion, love and an ultimate resolution. Written and produced by the band, Theworstthing offers a more subdued side to Parcels, made complete with moving strings and Louie Swain's sentimental vocal performance. Directed by Carmen Crommelin, the songs visual takes on a confessional nature, with band and cast members delivering deadpan performances straight to the camera.
Speaking of the track, the band share: “Patrick had this track written in the form of a beautifully lo-fi slow jam demo direct from his Berlin bedroom. We were later drawn to it when writing together in a rented house in the bush of Australia, where we spent all hours jamming out tracks and going deep into the music. It quickly became clear that this was an example of some of Pat’s finest songwriting to date and so the task then was to honor this as simply as possible. Despite the groove there was a touch of country in there which we were excited to work with. The result sounds very true to Parcels while the song itself feels like pure and quintessential Pat.”
The record is set offer 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.”
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 November 5! Watch the visual for Theworstthing below.