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Mel Parsons - Album Review: Sabotage

06 Jun 2024 // A review by Catherine Bullock

A dark, unique voice in both writing and music, Mel Parsons has blessed us with a gorgeous 8-Track Album dubbed Sabotage.

The album has a mellow and intimate opener with Circling the City, already diving head first into my interpretation of the album's themes of anxiety and how it influences self-sabotage. Circling the City is one of the three songs already released as singles (the others being Little Sadness and Offer Down). Parsons obviously draws on her own experience as an independent New Zealand musician, wondering throughout the album, “what if I never write another song,” and getting “stuck on works when the stakes are so high,” an aspect of writer's block artists everywhere know all too well.

My personal favourite of the album is Little Sadness. Little Sadness is the feeling of a ray of Winter’s sun on the back of your hand. It is soft, melancholic, and full of the sweet reminder that “a little bit of sadness is a vital thing,” and that everything will come and go.

Little Sadness is a perfect pit stop in the middle of the album, leading well into another favourite of mine, 5432. 5432 exudes hesitation and doubt with the simple “what if's” in the first verse and leaving the 5432 countdown unfinished in the chorus.

Sabotage is a beautiful album that reminds us that even though life can be surrounded by doubt, “a little bit of sadness walking with [us]” isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and in fact, it may even be vital.

 

About Mel Parsons

Well recognised as one of New Zealand’s established songwriting stars, indie-folk singer songwriter Mel Parsons’ star is on the rise. Following the success of both her debut album Over My Shoulder in 2009, and sophomore offering Red Grey Blue in 2011, Parsons released her third full length record Drylands in 2015.

The Kiwi singer/songwriter and two time NZ Music Award (VNZMA) finalist for Folk Album of the Year, has released the first single from Drylands – the gutsy & rhythmic audience favourite originally performed with Fly My Pretties, Far Away. With a dynamite live show, solo or with her band, Parsons is an engaging performer with a natural emotive voice that allows the listener to become part of the story.

With home as a hotel room and a suitcase, Parsons has built up her fan base the old fashioned way – winning over audiences on the live circuit. The only New Zealand artist invited to showcase at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, USA in 2014 & 2015, Parsons has also had recent tours in Australia, UK, Ireland, and Germany. She is also a cast member of Kiwi musical collective Fly My Pretties, with tours and festival performances including the prestigious Byron Bay Bluesfest at Easter 2015.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Mel Parsons

Releases

Sabotage
Year: 2024
Type: Album
Slow Burn
Year: 2022
Type: Album
Drylands
Year: 2015
Type: Album
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Red Grey Blue
Year: 2011
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
Over My Shoulder
Year: 2009
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape

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