CHILD OF THE PARISH SHARE THE INDIE-ELECTRONIC SUMMER SINGLE ‘ALWAYS THE FOOL’ & ANNOUNCE THEIR DEBUT ALBUM ‘SWEET SURRENDER’ OUT 6TH SEPTEMBER 2024

CHILD OF THE PARISH SHARE THE INDIE-ELECTRONIC SUMMER SINGLE ‘ALWAYS THE FOOL’ – LISTEN HERE   THE FIRST TRACK FROM THEIR DEBUT ALBUM ‘SWEET SURRENDER’ OUT 6TH SEPTEMBER 2024 – PRE-SAVE HERE !Their music rifles through decades of musical experimentation to find new and surprising combinations of sounds.” – Notion   “The duo excellently dive into their own experimental soundscape.” – Wonderland    “Acid rock tinted with 80s disco fever.” – tmrw   “Child of The Parish are in their element as of late, and are creating truly unique sounds that feel as cutting edge and dangerously exciting as they do palatable.” – Clout   “North London witch trials meets euphoric festival-inspired dance-pop.” – The Line of Best Fit


Child of the Parish today step towards the 6th September 2024 release of their eagerly anticipated debut album ‘Sweet Surrender’ by unveiling its first single ‘Always The Fool’, out today. It follows the early acclaim and tastemaker attention that greeted their first two EPs, ‘Make It Better’ and ‘Quiet Life’ with highlights including a playlist and repeated support from Jack Saunders at Radio 1 plus further airplay from 6 Music and BBC Introducing. Listen HERE.
 
‘Always The Fool’ sees the sonic adventurers – brothers Ben and Tom Vella – deliver a moment of blissful summer euphoria, with a heady cocktail of shimmering indie-electronic pop, hazy psychedelia and ‘80s-tinged nostalgia,  viewed through a disco mirrorball prism. It’s a track that takes the core traits of their sound and elevates them to stratospheric new highs, putting Child of the Parish in prime position to fulfil their undoubted potential as international festival favourites.
 
Ben Vella says, “I think it’s one of those tunes where we had a super simple approach to the arrangement. A lot of our songs tend to meander and have these signature time shifts. There’s definitely a lot of Daft Punk in the synths, and I love the multiple layers of vocals. Disco will never die!”
 
Ben and Tom approached the making of ‘Sweet Surrender’ with the idea of making a mixtape, but that evolved into a bigger project as they discovered they were happiest when they were free to let their own creativity flourish. Where there have been times when they focused on the idea of writing a hit, they found that following their instincts was far more productive. They lent into the elation of experimenting with different styles, creating a freedom which gives ‘Sweet Surrender’ the polish and cohesiveness of an album with the playfulness and curiosity of a mixtape.

The album takes its cues from classic house and dance, melding glitchy, electronic sounds with more organic elements of indie, disco and funk. It’s a record in which sadness and euphoria are persistently on a knife-edge, the darkness of its lyrics adorned in glittery, upbeat sounds, often teetering between otherworldly harmonies and glimmering production. The album was produced independently by Child of the Parish, with mixing and engineering from  Shuta Shinoda (Hot ChipSpiritualisedDaughter), who, it turned out, runs a studio a stone’s throw from Ben’s home.

Ben and Tom had always grown up around music, their grandfather enjoying a long career as a professional orchestra musician. Their prior projects achieved some attention, with Tom establishing himself as a DJ as well as releasing music via Black Butter, while Ben’s myriad experiences spanned everything from working with Kylie Minogue to playing an oud in a documentary about the war in Afghanistan.

Yet somehow the brothers hadn’t ever pursued a substantial project together. That all changed when they attended Glastonbury together and realised that a high energy, genre-blurring mix of their most kaleidoscopic influences – Daft PunkSimian Mobile DiscoThe Chemical Brothers, Tame ImpalaM83 and Beck – would fire up dancefloors everywhere.

Child of the Parish soon took off, with other early accomplishments including landing a Radio 1 Hottest Record with their remix for Mystery Jets, having their own track, ‘Forever’s Not Enough’, remixed by The Magician (Years & YearsClean Bandit), headlining The Lexington for BBC Introducing, and having their debut track included on the soundtrack to the FIFAgame franchise.

Child of the Parish followed their second EP by touring as guests to Tayo Sound. But tragedy struck with the loss of their friend and collaborator Rich Brown, leading the duo to question whether they could even continue the project. Eventually they came to the realisation that he would really want them to continue, leading them to write a huge body of new songs away from the public spotlight. Now they’re back with ‘Always The Fool’ – the first taste of ‘Sweet Surrender’.

‘Sweet Surrender’ is available to pre-save HERE. The album tracklist is:

1. ‘For Your Love’

2. ‘Lift Your Head Up’

3. ‘Relics’

4. ‘Always The Fool’

5. ‘Local Bragging Rights’

6. ‘Good For Nothing’

7. ‘Our Time Has Come’

8. ‘Swim With The Tide’

9. ‘Sweet Surrender’

10. ‘Think Straight Intro’

11. ‘Think Straight’

12. ‘Floodplain Intro’

13. ‘Floodplain’

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