Q&A Scene: PARKER

Tell us about your new single ‘Lie Low’?

Lie Low is a song I wrote with Becki Whitton (aka Aphir) in Gab’s studio (Japanese Wallpaper) in Melbourne a few years ago. I wanted to write about my experience of always putting others wants and needs before my own and how I was deciding to not do that anymore.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

The music video for this song! I collaborated with Hans Van Vliet to create an animated music video which includes beautiful animations generated by Hans and utilises some AI generated segments. It’s the first clip I have made that includes my live performance. I filmed my performances to camera at home and learned heaps about how to direct myself. I love how this clip looks like a watercolour painting blended with digital distortion. Each frame is like a painting which pays homage to my fine arts background and showcases Hans’ skills as an artist.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

This latest single I would describe as a block of Cadbury chocolate with popping candy inside. It’s smooth and creamy at the beginning and then suddenly everything is fizzing and popping and chaotic and then there is a sweet ending.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

Oh I wish I could be touring!!! Life has been very much in the home studio this past year. If a woman sings in her house and there is no-one there to hear does she make a sound?

What, or who, inspires you?

For this recent clip the Tassie landscapes and light really inspired me. Some of the scenes look like the central plateau and the colours are very much like the way the tassie light paints the landscape. Check out my instagram to see for yourself. I just posted an amazing golden sunset.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Miley Cyrus’ song High from her Plastic Hearts record. I think it’s the best heartbreak ballad I’ve ever heard. When I’m driving between Launceston and Hobart to go to my singing lessons I listen to it at least 3 times in the drive. It’s soooo damn good!!

What’s next for you?

I just finished recording vocals for two songs I’ve been collaborating with Becki Whitton on. She has taken the reins on production this time and we are super excited about releasing these two tracks in a few months. More heartbreak ballads! I’ve almost got them all out of my system.

What’s your scene?

Working with amazing women on art and music projects. Starting all recording sessions with a tarot reading. Drinking 5 cups of orange pekoe tea a day. Finding more reasons to wear leotards.

PARKER ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE & VIDEO LIE LOW

FOR RELEASE ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, MARCH 8

Stunning visual artist, songwriter and musician PARKER has today announced her new single Lie Low, a deeply moving song about reclaiming power, out today, March 8. Lie Low is intentionally released on International Women’s Day 2021, and this song is set to be an inspiration for any woman who has ever diminished their own hopes, dreams and talents to allow someone else to take the spotlight. Accompanying the intensely introspective track is a masterful film clip offering an eerie yet beautiful visual reflection of the song, created with long time visual collaborator Hans van Vliet.

Lie Low will mean many things to many people, but it is safe to say that women will be particularly moved by this work. It takes a lot of strength to release a song that is so lyrically raw, so vulnerable, and so willing to pick at the most difficult and stigmatised moments of being a woman in a creative field. The sparse, delicate, yet mighty production on this track, paired with Parker’s close, intimate vocal performance, makes for a supremely luscious and evocative track.

Speaking on the inspiration for this affecting song, Parker offers some extraordinarily honest insight, saying, I’ve always held myself with a belief that I should exist in the world with quiet grace. Not be too loud or stand out too much…Even though my friends, parents and partners have encouraged me to follow my dreams I always felt this responsibility to not be too loud or abrasive, to look pretty, to sound pretty, to not challenge people too much, make music and art that is beautiful and easy to listen to and look at. Hans and I were working remotely on the track and we had the ‘be less, be less’ section looping at the end. I felt this rage inside me in response to that idea. This feeling of frustration at all the times I’ve controlled my emotions so that I didn’t make others feel uncomfortable. I set up my mic in my bedroom and just started screaming and yelling until finally it felt like my heart cracked open. The floodgates opened up and I wept loudly for about 10 mins.”

The video for Lie Low is also an appropriately emotional experience. Surreal, bizarre, unsettling – the colours shift and move within an entirely new world as Parker performs alone, and wanders through the ever-changing landscape. Reflecting on the meaning behind the artistic choices in the clip, Parker explains, “We talked about the courage it takes as a woman to put yourself first in a world where there are still so many expectations for women to play support roles in both career and domestic spaces. Thinking about the concept of sacrificing time and energy for another we found a way to represent this with the metaphor of colour being drained from one character to another. I like that it is not explicit that the colour is being taken or given. When the character drops to her knees she could be crying or she could be praying. When we worship our loved ones we can fall into our own pattern of giving too much of ourselves to them.”

Parker is no stranger to collaboration and artistic challenge and it’s truly exhilarating to watch an artist genre-hop with such skill and ease. Not only has she got lots of music and visual content in store for 2021 for this project, she is also working with charming indie pop band Runaway Belles and also with Adam Ouston (COSTUME) on a new project, FM2030, inspired by the late futurist and father of Transhumanism of the same name. Fans will be thrilled with the diversity of the art and passion behind the work that this ultra talent has to share in 2021.

Lie Low is released today, March 8 – International Women’s Day 2021.

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About Mary Boukouvalas 1299 Articles
Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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