Mixing disco, funk, electro, and five-part harmonies, Australian quintet Parcels feature keyboardist/vocalists Patrick Hetherington and Louie Swain, bassist/vocalist Noah Hill, guitarist/vocalist Anatole Serret, and drummer/vocalist Jules Crommelin. The group officially formed in 2014, when the five friends settled on this musical direction after years of playing in projects ranging from folk to metal. Parcels recorded their first EP as their high-school years came to a close, then moved to Berlin. Soon after, they caught the attention of trend-setting label Kitsuné, which signed the band and released a string of singles and EPs, including 2016's Herefore, which featured remixes by Roisto, Her, and Onda. Early the following year, the Hideout EP arrived. In the summer of 2017, Parcels collaborated with Daft Punk, who produced and co-wrote the single "Overnight." The following year, they issued singles "Tieduprightnow" and "Bemyself," the first offerings from their debut effort.
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Alternative & Indie - Released October 12, 2018 | Kitsune Musique
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The story of Parcels is both a childhood dream and a wonderful human adventure. Formed just four years ago, for what is the “first real band” for each of its members, the quintet (music-lovers and Steely Dan-addicts) quickly sold out their first concerts in Byron Bay, a surfing spot on the East coast of Australia. But despite being half a world away, the smell of Berlin nights lured them over to try their luck in Europe. Good move: the international music hub that is the German capital lead them to a signing with the Parisian label Kitsuné. After two EPs where they demonstrated their compatibility, Thomas Bangalter came to congratulate them and give them some advice following a concert in Paris, producing their single Overnight a few months later.Now equipped with Daft Punk’s totem of protection, the Aussies have launched their debut album with an emphasis on the collective – symbolised by the title of the album, Parcels – a pop-funk wave that sounds like an album by The Beatles with Nile Rodgers on the guitar. Amongst these twelve tracks (three of which have already turned heads: Tieduprightnow, Bemyself and Lightenup), you realise that this group really is a group in the true sense of the word and that these guys love nothing more than jamming out. The lyrics on Lightenup were written collectively – proof that Parcels plan to head down this road together (or at least that their lead singer isn’t a complete megalomaniac). And as long as they keep their spirits up this high, nothing will stop them from cruising on down this sunny highway. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
Alternative & Indie - Released April 30, 2020 | Kitsune Musique
One album to their name and already they’re releasing a live album? That’s right – Parcels, aka Australia’s coolest quintet and Daft Punk’s protégé’s, released their debut album just a year and a half ago. This new release features over an hour of music recorded live on tape in the legendary Hansa Studios in Berlin, where some of the greatest musicians have recorded albums, including David Bowie (Low and Heroes), Iggy Pop (Lust For Life), U2 (Achtung Baby), the Pixies (Bossanova) and all the albums from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds whilst they were based in Berlin. On their first album, Parcels, Jules Crommelin (guitar), Patrick Hetherington (keyboards), Louie Swain (keyboards), Noah Hill (bass) and Anatole ‘Toto’ Serret (drums) unveiled their simple and sincere passion for jamming out. The hedonistic musicians fuse effortlessly and their passion for playing together is accentuated even further in this second album Live Vol.1 due to its unconventional setting, its versions often similar to the originals. The band’s influences range from Steely Dan and Chic’s funk to The Beatles’ pop basics and The Beach Boys’ vocal harmonies. Their live studio set was also filmed, as the band explains: “This video was already being planned two years ago before we’d even started making our first record. A lush 24 track tape recording of all the album songs being performed in a classic studio. Did I hear you’re interested in experiencing some more bells and whistles? Well I’m sorry, there’s none to be found here. For us two years ago, this idea was the perfect bookend to the debut album. Surprisingly it still feels like a good idea now, which never really happens unless it’s the right thing to do. You might not get much out of intently watching it through start to finish. Rather treat it like a private house concert to soundtrack your dinner preparations, with no pressure to applaud, no hiked up beer prices and the sweet option to pause for a bathroom break without missing the best bit. The performance isn’t edited in any way, just mixed, mistakes and all, so we’re concentrating hard in the video on making it sound nice. There’s a lot of nervous eye communication, a little bit of polite dancing and occasionally moments of just enjoying being right in the zone together. We’re stoked with how it turned out.” © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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