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After carving out a name for himself as one of the most charismatic and multitalented acts on the local scene, Jed Parsons returns with his sophomore record, Brunch.
A blend of indie pop and rock, with threads of comedy, eccentricity and romantic intimacy.
Championed by Radio Hauraki and a darling of the bNets, Parsons has already released four songs from the album. They sit alongside six new tracks, including the album’s focus track Get Desperate, which funnily enough, nearly didn’t quite make the cut.
“Usually, if a song hasn’t organically found its final form in a timely fashion I’d tell it to piss off and move on, but there was something about the guitar part that I couldn’t let go. It ended up being a song about the complacency of a middle-class loveless relationship, where the only passion left is driven by lack of income and other boring problems,” says Parsons.
A jack of all trades, Parsons takes sole writing credit on Brunch and shares production credits with Josh Logan and Lee Prebble. He performs all instruments on most tracks, while also enlisting the talents of well-known musicians Oliver Devlin (Hans Pucket), Miharo Gregory (L.A.B), Josh Logan (Mel Parsons), Tom Knowles and Aaron Stewart (Fly My Pretties, Mel Parsons).
The album was recorded and mixed by Lee Prebble at the famed Surgery Studios in Wellington.
The 10 songs on Brunch are beautifully crafted, polished with personality and classically original. Jed Parsons may only be two albums into his journey as a solo artist, but he is already showing his craft as one of New Zealand’s most top notch songwriters.
Five Out of Five Stars
Brunch is a generous snapshot of an artist falling in love and finding his voice along the way.
Rolling Stone Australia
If you’re a fan of upbeat indie-pop, then you might already be aware of Kiwi muso Jed Parsons. But if not, he’s undoubtedly about to become one of your new favourite artists…
Tone Deaf, Australia
Parsons has a knack for lyricism that's so clever, and instrumentation so warm and welcoming, that it might not be until a second listen through that you realise how heartbreaking some of the songs on BRUNCH actually are. Just listen to this beautiful album please, it's the second most important meal of the day...
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