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FRESH: ‘Pilot’ – Joe Parsons

Joe Parsons debuts with “Pilot”

Musician and professional comedian, ​Joe ​​Parsons​ has released his ‘coming out track’, ​”Pilot”, taken from his upcoming debut self-titled album. Originally from Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, now based in London, Joe has been playing piano and making music since the tender age of five. With a grounding in jazz piano and a diet of alternative music during his teens, songwriting is in his blood.

He has always been deeply inspiredby a number of genres, most prominently the local West Country delicacy of trip-hop. Whilst he covers the important subject matter of homosexuality throughout the album, Joe doesn’t like to take himself too seriously. He is a professional comedian, after all. “​Pilot”’, as with the rest of the album, is slightly sarcastic and humorous, with a hard hit of reality.

Musically, it’s a landscape of sprawling dream-like synths, disjointed drums and blunt lyricism, presented with delicate harmonies, taking inspiration from dream pop, shoegaze, trip-hop and jazz genres. Think ​Sufjan​ ​Stevens​ meets ​Sigur​​Ros​. On October 13th, 2020 – on his 30th birthday – Joe will release his debut self-titled album to the world. This album looks at the last decade visiting key moments of his life since coming out. It gives an honest account of alienation through homosexuality, unrealistic expectation of success, the breakdown of relationships, repression of masculinity, self-doubt, and anxieties around body image.

It’s an ode to what it was to be a gay man growing up in the 90s and early 00’s. “Pilot”​ is the first single taken from the album and is the beginning of Joe’s story. Speaking about the track, Joe explains, “This song recounts the moment I first told someone that I was gay. They were really intuitive and knew I wasn’t being myself. That began the process of me coming out to friends and family. But even when coming out, you still dilute how difficult it was to protect yourself and others. It takes years to really understand that damage. It felt like this was the perfect debut single to introduce myself and what the album is about”.

The video, which accompanies the release, focuses on vulnerability, which for Joe, was going topless, as he explains ​“I’ve always had a real body image issue and have always hated being topless anywhere in public. I’d wear a jumper in a swimming pool if I could”. It also portrays the loneliness he felt being closeted, followed by a release of revealing the truth, which is illustrated from a monochrome setting to an explosion of rainbow colours. But this is just the start of the journey, as the visuals cut back to the shot of loneliness, referencing the long and emotional road ahead. Mastered at Abbey Road by ​Andrew​ ​Walter​ (David Bowie, The Who, Coldplay, Radiohead), it showcases the atmospheric melodies and vast soundscapes that the album presents.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!