Right before the isolation iron curtain came thundering down on live gigs, I caught an impressive performance from PARKER (Tash Parker with her band) supporting the brilliant Costume – read my review here. PARKER is the solo work of one highly talented Tash Parker who has emerged from the confines of isolation to work with her friend and housemate Emma Anglesey to release a lovely single under the name Runaway Belles. ‘The Weekend’ is a perfectly crafted folk-pop reverie, proving that good things can come out of this strange era we are living in. Of course it helps if you are isolated together.
What makes this single stand out is the delicate and ethereal vocal interplay between Parker and Anglesey that intertwine throughout the melancholic melody of regret and lost love:
The song was specifically written for Runaway Belles and the piano, cello and guitars were recorded in Wally DeBacker’s (AKA Gotye) studio just outside of Melbourne. The vocals were recorded in an 1800s bluestone cottage on the edge of Tasmania’s wilderness near Launceston where the Runaway Belles are based.
Anglesey says of the recording:
When we recorded this song we imagined we were sitting around a campfire in a forest with a guitar telling the story. We wanted to capture that intimacy in the verses. In contrast, in the choruses we imagined our voices and music carrying out into the expansive night sky and beautiful surrounding mountains – much like a weekend camping trip where you can forget about the troubles of the week,
Delightful music. Runaway Belles will be live streaming every Monday in May at 8pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time on Facebook.
You can get the single here.