Candideis the first track to come from Manchester’s paradethat frankly state they are here to make “romantic, existential, humanist” works. At the heart of parade’s creative process is the fusing of numerous influences, in an attempt to form a Gesamtkunstwek (a total work of art). Paying homage to Voltaire’s satirical novella in title and video, parade hope to express their music as essays rather than songs; essays, which portray man as honestly as possible. Wath here
Produced in the notorious Bunker of Sways Records, Candide is a song of both innocence and experience; where heaven is a vision of youth in a word where teenage dreams are still clung to, desperately. The contrast of childhood expectation and adult reality is presented with guitars, which parody violins, shrieking behind a daydreaming carnival organ; in spite of cold disappointment something sacred is still possible. A gentleness, similar to Nick Drake, lies amidst a bleak landscape; an arrangement parade says was inspired by Max Richter’s monumental Sleep.
parade will release more singles later this year, in preparation for their upcoming record. Experience them live at their first headline show at Soup Kitchen (Manchester) on September 30th.
They played shows in Salford & Norway last year as well as joining SunKilMoon’s Mark Kozelek on stage at RCNM. The Skinny described the performance art infused shows as “part Eyes Wide Shut orgy, part masquerade ball”.