Pop/funk group Parcels’ recent EP is saturated with boozed up bass notes and sexy guitar riffs. Recommended for listeners of Glass Animals and Jungle, this article combines their release with the retro/funk sounds of Leisure and Men I Trust.
1. Parcels | Hideout
‘Hideout’ is an EP that emanates confidence. Clean cut and decisive, this is a piece full of contrasts with pop placed next to jazz; funk next to electronic, vintage next to contemporary. Originally from Australia, and based in Berlin, the band accumulate a variety of sounds that alternate track-to-track. From the upbeat and summery “Older” and the more beguiling “Gamesoffluck” it is left in the balance which way each song will take you.
2. Men I Trust | Lauren
Self-labelled ‘Indie/dance’ band from Quebec City are Men I Trust. Their single ‘Lauren’ dropped summer 2016. Stripping back the sound from the lead guitar there’s a concentration on the rise and fall of the bass line whilst Emma and Odile’s breathy vocals will almost literally take you outdoors, talking of “gentler breeze[s]” and “taller trees”.
3. Leisure | Got It Bad
Dubbed as ‘Auckland’s new supergroup’, Leisure have attracted a spate of attention since the release of their debut album. Single, ‘Got It Bad’ is inescapably catchy with its gnarly looping of “girl you think you got it bad”. Give the music video a look in if you get the chance; these guys have a reputation for some pretty smooth visual imagery.