Monday, July 8, 2019

Parsnip - "Lift Off!"

Photo by Charlotte Tobin
The new song from Melbourne's Parsnip reminds me of a very specific time in the 90's when the aggression of grunge faded away and was replaced by an almost childlike sense of joy in alternative music. This was a very brief and oft forgotten time when music became absurdly fun. "Lift Off!" is a burst of happiness infused with a laid back retro feel. If I was going to compare it to any other bands it would be Cornershop meets Bis. Bass player/vocalist Paris Richens says this about the track:

"Lift Off’s opening line stems from nonsense I wrote during a low point in my life. I wanted more than anything to be far away from the position I was in, longing to travel, to rise above the sorrow I was experiencing and reach a happier destination. After Parsnip formed I revisited the themes of transportation and movement as I have in many of my songs. Through my attempts at songwriting I discovered the joy that I was always seeking and that perhaps it wasn’t necessary to travel that far to find happiness. It means a lot to me if I can create joy and evoke the same spirit in others."

You can listen to "Lift Off!" below. When the Tree Bears Fruit, the debut album from Parsnip, will be out August 30 on Trouble in Mind. You can pre-order the album here. For more on Parsnip, check out their Facebook and Twitter.

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