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WATCH: Stevie Parker – ‘Prey’

June 12, 2017 in News

As her eagerly-anticipated debut album The Cure is about to be unleashed, Stevie Parker presents a final preview for it in the shape of a brand new video for her current track ‘Prey’.

Directed by Bisbon (winner of Best Alternative Video at the UK MVAs for London Grammar’s ‘Wasting My Younger Years’) for the London production company Friend, the ‘Prey’ video symbolically charts an escape from the claustrophobia of a city and deep into woodland. Its dreamlike imagery contrasts an unnamed figure depicted in thermographic-styled colours with the stark monochrome of the backdrop.

“I really wanted something visually ambiguous and intriguing to accompany this song,” says Stevie Parker. “It was amazing to get Bisbon on board as I’m a big fan of his work and his style was such that the final product captures that stressful yet aesthetically beautiful look I was hoping for.”

“After listening to ‘Prey’, I took away this theme of revenge or retribution and wanted to really twist it,” adds Bisbon. “I showed Stevie this technique I had been working on using something called ‘Depth Maps’. They are a tool used in post-production and are never seen, but I thought they had their own inherent beauty. Everyone seemed to really like them so we created this little story of an abstract honey trap where Stevie lures this other girl to her before destroying her and everything around her. I had to ask for a lot of trust on this one as the final effect was so very different to what we were filming but Stevie was very brave and just let me crack on with it.”

The track utilises plaintive acoustic guitar and the full-range of Parker’s sublime vocal gift. Its breezy sound contrasts the dark heart of its subject matter – a howl of conflicting pleas and threats delivered in an impassioned attempt to stop a romantic connection drifting towards nothingness. Clash stated: “Languid, undulating synths underpins that pointed, visceral vocal, with ‘Prey’ seizing hold of you from the very first note.”

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Stevie Parker plays The Flapper Birmingham on Tues 3rd October 2017. Tickets available here.

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Stevie Parker to play The Flapper Birmingham

May 31, 2017 in News

Bristol-based Stevie Parker delivers a unique take on ambient electronic pop. Having supported the likes of SOAKGeorgiaAlex G and Adam French, as well as playing a show for the famous fashion icon Markus Lupfer, Stevie is certainly already turning heads.

Sonically, Parker’s debut album The Cure stands out because of her raw talent: the 24-year-old’s smoky vocals (at times raspy, at times quite delicate) never fail to paint an evocative picture—of lost love, of longing, of the melancholic beauty of just living. Production-wise, pulsing synths (think: The xx) provide an atmospheric yet sleek backdrop. Under the guidance of her mentor, Rough Trade Records co-owner Jeannette Lee, Parker teamed up with Grammy Award-winning writer-producer Jimmy Hogarth for the majority of the LP, as well as producer David Wrench (The xx’s ‘I See You’, FKA Twigs, Caribou, Floating Points); Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa and Seb Rochford of Polar Bear also contributed drums.

However, what truly sets The Cure apart is Parker’s self-awareness in her writing: the record is a deft yet frank examination of her strengths, her flaws, and her relationships with others, and with herself.

Stevie Parker Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Stevie Parker plays The Flapper Birmingham on Tues 3rd October 2017. Tickets available here.

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WATCH: Stevie Parker – ‘Without You’

February 7, 2017 in News

Stevie Parker has launched her stunning new single ‘Without You’ today, directed by Tom Ralph. The track was premiered on Huw StephensRadio 1 show last night.

Stevie Parker established herself as a striking new talent at the end of 2016 with her introductory tracks ‘Never Be’, ‘The Cure’ and her more recent debut EP Blue. Drawing comparisons with London Grammar and The xx, many critics praised the tender emotion of her inimitable vocal as well as her ability to craft tracks rich in both ambient atmosphere, haunting heartbreak and carefully nuanced touches.

Now the 24-year-old Bristol-based musician takes another bold step forward with the release of a brand new track ‘Without You’. The single sees Parker’s expressive vocal range exploring a cavalcade of emotions from yearning to spirited independence, while the track’s relentless rhythmic march gains in intensity before exploding into a dramatic crescendo. People will relate their own experiences to its central rallying cry “I’m doing alright with you”, but early line “Won’t take a breath boy if I’m breathing for you” expresses both pain and pride with poetic precision.

“With this video I really wanted to convey a sense of isolation, which is at odds with the theme of strength and independence evident in the lyrics.” Says Parker, adding “Kind of makes you wonder what the actual message is and I like that ambiguity! The variety in the locations and the number of them only furthers that, a sense of being just as lost in a sea of people as you are on your own.”

Directed by Thomas Ralph with Caviar Productions, the video for ‘Without You’ juxtaposes Parker’s femininity with a series of settings traditionally viewed as masculine, and also contrasts her solitude in places rammed with crowds. The video features many London locations including the recent Women’s March in Trafalgar Square, Billingsgate Fish Market, the Wansted Flats Sunday league football pitches and Hampstead Lido. The video’s memorable opening aerial tracking scene echoes the introduction to Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 classic The Conversation.

Stevie has just finished touring with Mercury Prize-nominated artist C Duncan, and embarks on her own headline tour this February.

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Stevie Parker plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Wed 22nd February 2017, with support from Bryony Williams. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Without You’ below: