It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from London singer-songwriter and musician Tess Parks. In fact, it’s been over eight years since her last solo record release, Blood Hot. Yesterday, the Toronto-born artist returned with a new single Happy Birthday Forever and an upcoming album announcement. After just one listen to the new song, we’re hooked.
“In my mind, this album is like hopscotch”, Parks says: “These songs were pieced together over time in London, Toronto and Los Angeles with friends and family between August 2019 and March 2021. So many other versions of these songs exist. The recording and final completion of this album took over two years and wow – the lesson I have learned the most is that words are spells. If I didn’t know it before, I know it now for sure. I only want to put good out into the universe.”
“I really felt discouraged to complete this album”, she recalls: “I stopped listening to music for honestly about a year altogether and turned to painting instead. I really had to convince myself again that it’s important to just share whatever good we can – having faith in ourselves to know that our lights can shine on and on through other people and for other people. The thought of anyone not sharing their art or being shy of anything they create seems like a real tragedy to me. Even if it’s not perfect, you’re capturing a moment.”
Watch the video for Happy Birthday Forever in the embed below and keep it locked to her socials going forward. The new record And Those Who Were Seen Dancing will be released on May 20th via Fuzz Club Records and Hand Drawn Dracula. Check out the amazing artwork above.
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