Winters are tough in Berlin, especially when you’re Australian. If the five members of Parcels made the big leap three years ago from Byron Bay’s beaches to the German capital’s chilly temperatures, it’s because Europe’s most creative city gave them prospects equal to their ambitions. At only 20 years old, Louie Swain (keyboards), Patrick Hetherington (keyboards), Noah Hill (bass), Anatole Serret (percussions) et Jules Crommelin (guitar) think big, yet they haven’t forgotten where they came from. Formed at school back in 2014, if you want to find where Parcels’ DNA lies, it’s without doubt in the bay of their hometown. It’s there on the sand facing the sunset, where surfers ride the waves, where a certain hedonistic musical ideal took shape. It’s one that weaves between the Beach Boys and Daft Punk, crashing into yacht rock heroes such as figurehead Steely Dan, amongst others. It’s one way for five fashionable guys to rebuild the history of soft rock and funk, keeping the basic principles in mind, all while hurtling towards a pop future that they’ve created with the same fervour as fellow compatriots Tale Impala and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard.
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