Child of the Parish have audaciously crossed genres, moods and even eras over the course of their three recent tracks. That intrepid exploration of sounds has won a growing list of influential admirers as they’ve amassed Radio 1 airplay from Jack Saunders, Kerry Cosh and Nels Hlyton, a One To Watch accolade from BBC Introducing, and some 6 Music attention from Lauren Laverne.
Now Child of the Parish complete this latest step in their rise as they today release their second EP ‘Quiet Life’. Listen HERE. Stirring influences from electro-pop to psychedelia and hip-hop to house, the EP features the recently released ‘Midas Touch’, ‘Forever’s Not Enough’ and the title track, along with the previously unreleased song ‘Ghost of a Chance’.
Even by the standards set by their previous work, ‘Ghost of a Chance’ is a fearless synergy of sonic touchpoints but one that unites in a cohesive and courageous manner. Almost every moment provides an enticing earworm, whether it’s the sparkling ‘80s-tinged melody within the chorus, the heavenly harmonies that raise and fade, or the experimentalism provided by the detuned keys as it reaches its conclusion.
Child of the Parish commented, “Here is the final track from the EP we wrote during lockdown, ‘Ghost of a Chance’. This is a bit of a curveball for us, I’m not even that sure of how to describe it! We wanted to maybe try something a little darker, a bit epic at points, and experiment with some different sounds. It definitely goes on a bit of a voyage through its different sections.”
Multi-instrumentalist brothers Ben and Tom Vella are self-confessed musical magpies. In fact, as far-reaching as Child of the Parish’s sound is, it makes perfect sense when you consider their A-Z of influences: a background in the dance and electro worlds, a childhood soundtracked by classic disco records, a love for contemporary indie-rock, and a fascination with the summery sounds and studio experimentations of the Californian scene of the ‘70s.
The duo debuted with their independently released ‘Make It Better’ EP, and have since exceeded 6 million streams. Their visual aesthetic is also boosted by engaging illustrations courtesy of the ‘Stranger Things’ graphic artist Pius Bak. Stepping into the future while nodding to the past, their unconventional style can connect with fans of Tame Impala, Hot Chip or Myd.
Child of the Parish will finally unveil their live show when they play London’s Lexington on August 4th for BBC Introducing. The line-up also includes Jvck James and AWA, and tickets are available HERE.