LIVE: Parcels @ Manchester Academy | 05.11.18

WORDS BY GEORGE LINCOLN        PHOTO BY JEAN RACLET

The infectious funk and stunning harmonies of Aussie-via-Berlin band, Parcels, conjures up sounds of peak period Chic, while hitting notes as though The Beach Boys have turned their hand to electronic-disco. It’s no wonder then, that their genre crossing sound managed to grab the attention of legendary DJ and production duo Daft Punk at one of their energetic live performances, which shortly after accelerated the band to stardom following their stylish single ‘Overnight’.

Arriving in Manchester off the back of a highly anticipated and raved about debut album, the ambitious five-piece set out to win the hearts of listeners with their slick grooves and seductive melodies that fill the room and force people to dance. From initially taking to the stage through an immense and thoroughly planned light show, the band begins with the album opener ‘Comedown’, where the distinctive arrangement of guitar and keys is greeted to a roar of approval and recognition from the welcoming crowd.

Gliding through their polished live set with admirable showmanship, Parcels provide timeless music that fills the Academy with a sense of joyful optimism; singing relatable lyrics and locking into the groove with ease. ‘Lightenup’ especially, where the bands collective sound really comes together and urges listeners to sing along; ‘’time to lighten up?’’. Other highlights came in the form of funk infused ‘Tieduprightnow’, which releases a rippling bass-line that hints at Vulfpeck, and the slower synth heavy track ‘Withorwithout’.

 

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While the bright funk and disco grooves lift the audience to create an atmosphere that Parcels must be ever so used to, the slower tracks truly allow the exceptional vocals to ring throughout the venue. The well worked cover of Paul McCartney’s track ‘Every Night’, or Parcels’ ‘Bemyself’, brake down the set, captivate the crowd, and leave listeners in awe of the vocal range apparent from every member of the band. A well-rehearsed performance from a hotly-anticipated young group of musicians, proving they have the style, creativity and go-forward to really shine.

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