Since I’ve written about Lewis Parker a few times now, and been absolutely amazed by his last releases, I felt it would be fitting to give it some sort of mix…and what better accompaniment than my recent genre of choice to reminisce upon…
The album ‘White Pony’, by Deftones is a gem. According to the BBC, Select magazine ‘damned it with a one-star review, claiming it unlistenable’, but I couldn’t disagree more. Despite the screaming, it’s strangely elegant. Of rock, it would be my desert island disc; intricate, syncopated, finely tuned drumming, with enough deep basslines, vocals that switch cleverly between angst and airy, heartfelt expression and very VERY suitable synths and dark sound sampling (oh, and the lyrics are abstract but poetic).
On a completely different tip (obviously), Parker’s ‘Dangerous Adventures’ is a great EP with some highly addictive instrumentals that jump between pomp and edgy string-led material. Think music from James Bond (Connery, not Pierce Brosnan!) and all that 1960s dated swankiness…but with a fat beat.