Live: PARCELS // Somerset House Summer Series 2019
Australian electro-pop quintet Parcels played a sold out show as part of the Somerset House Summer Series last week.
Now based in Berlin, Parcels released their self-titled debut album in October last year and played London’s Roundhouse shortly after. Their return was clearly highly anticipated as the courtyard filled with bubbling fans. Not even the thick, dark clouds that loomed over the stage could dampen their spirit.
Fortunately, the clouds cleared as the night approached and the band walked onstage, dressed immaculately. Myenemy made an early appearance in the set, followed by album opener and the perfectly arranged pair of Comedown and Lightenup, all reminding us of how divine their harmonies are. Guitarist Jules Crommelin’s announcement that they would be taking us on a trip was a nice introduction to Older and Gamesofluck, while the more relaxed Yourfault presented a stunning contrast to the excitement of the climax in Everyroad and the Daft Punk-produced Overnight.
And in true Parcels fashion, Closetowhy saw Crommelin and bassist Noah Hill flanking drummer Anatole “Toto” Serret for a perfectly synchronised dance. By now, drunk off not only the alcohol, but also the disco funk that filled the air, the crowd was fully immersed, with some atop the shoulders of their friends as they danced and sang along to IknowhowIfeel, Hideout, and Tieduprightnow.
Finally, Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You blasted from the speakers, signalling the end of the show. When it comes to Parcels, we know how we feel, and Parcels, you are the world we are so glad we’ve seen.
Photos: Abigail Shii