Music review: Parcels’ self-titled debut album

Parcels worked with Daft Punk on their 2017 single, Overnight

Parcels worked with Daft Punk on their 2017 single, Overnight - Credit: Archant

Tight, polished disco-funk from the Australian upstarts shows adventurous promise.

The cover of Parcels' debut, self-titled album

The cover of Parcels' debut, self-titled album - Credit: Archant

Hailing from Australia by way of Berlin, Parcels are five schoolmates from Byron Bay who conjure the ‘70s heyday of air travel and holidays in their debut record’s pastel-hued imagery. It’s complemented by an entirely self-produced record of classy, ‘70s-inspired disco-funk, inspired by The Beach Boys, Chic and Steely Dan.

With only a clutch of singles to their name but a tightly-drilled live set, they won over disco titans Daft Punk, who offered to work with them on the spot, and already have a sizeable following having played to a sold-out crowd at Koko, with a date at The Roundhouse in their sights next month.

The crisp hi-hat, polished production and high-register singing often recalls Metronomy’s meticulous arrangements that translate to effortless cool, but there’s a more adventurous spirit lurking among these dozen tracks.

The bright, chic and upbeat disco-funk of Tape and Tieduprightnow are solid enough, but panpipes are dropped into new single Lightenup for a fun, tropical denouement, Withorwithout charms with some sultry, charmingly wonky synth work, and the rattling drum machine of Closetowhy injects a refreshing ‘80s vibe.

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The eight-minute Everyroad is most interesting though, segueing from a spoken-word reverie and slinky, spare guitar to dreamy strings before wrapping up with fat, bass-y splodges and pin-prick keys.


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