Live: PARCELS // Roundhouse, London
Funky and upbeat tunes that had the whole Camden dancing along to last Thursday night.
Celebrating the release of their self-titled debut album, Parcels definitely brought the heat and party to London’s Roundhouse last week.
From the get-go it was a jaw-dropping spectacle of swirling sounds and dazzling lights to accompany, a testament to their cutting-edge musical vision. Incorporating old school elements to modern soundscapes, the Berlin-based Australian quintet crafts an exciting blend of electro-pop and disco-soul that sparks with fresh sonic twists and unexpected turns, whilst taking us back in time. With their charismatic stage persona, in only adds a whole new dimension to the live experience.
What an entrance that was! Covered in complete darkness with only one reflector projecting Parcels’ logo on the walls, the crowd was relentlessly awaiting the band’s arrival. Dressed in vintage clothes and sporting retro haircuts, the five-piece took to the stage setting up the celebratory mood instantly.
Having the audience in the palms of their hands throughout the whole set, Parcels took us on a journey through their disco grooves and breezy sonic marvels. With its euphoric electronics and sugar-coated vocal harmonies, Lightenup saw many hips sway here and there, whilst Withorwithout was a drums-driven euphonious piece that took it down a notch.
Certainly one of the highlights of the set, Bemyself brought a stripped-down interval seeing the drummer take to the mic stand with a tambourine in his hand. Blending all of their voices in a delightful composition, it surely emphasised the band’s strength which lies in their five-vocal harmonious unity.
Accompanied by kaleidoscopic lights, the band’s instrumental skills truly shone that night. The exquisite jamming along in Everyroad was met with a loud applause and cheering crowd who surely was left in awe. Elsewhere in the set, synth-infused ballad Yourfault slowed things down a bit, whilst their absolute hit Tieduprightnow brought the energy back on track. Swaying and singing along to, it was a joyous moment that was only magnified by the funky Daft Punk-esque Overnight.
Reminiscent of the past era, Parcels blur the lines between the “now and then” delivering something we can both relate to and long for. In all their signature glam galore, they create nostalgia-tinged sun-kissed dreaminess that possesses all of the elements of realness and emotions, and that’s exactly what makes their audience keep coming back to their shows. We definitely will see you next time, Parcels.
Photos: Kasia Osowiecka