Toronto-born, London-based artist Tess Parks will return with her long-awaited new album ‘And Those Who Were Seen Dancing’ on May 20th 2022 via Fuzz Club Records. Following years of international touring and a lengthy list of critically-acclaimed collaborations with Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe in recent years (most recently the duo’s self-titled 2018 LP), the new album will be Parks’ first full-length solo offering since her much-loved debut album, ‘Blood Hot’, was released back in 2013 on Alan McGee’s 359 Music label.
“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.” A growing disillusionment with the state of the world paired with an injury that stopped Parks from being able to play guitar and piano for months meant the album was nearly shelved.
It was the album’s infectious lead single ‘Happy Birthday Forever‘ – a piece of upbeat almost-gospel-infused psych pop – that encouraged Parks to finish the record. “These lyrics were written when I was living on Henshaw Street in Elephant and Castle in 2009. I think I used to play this at some of my first ever solo shows in London”, she remembers: “The song was very cleverly and surprisingly originally titled ‘Get Me Out Of Here‘ and one day in October 2020 my sister, Isabella, was driving us home from a mixing session and I saw a license plate that said ‘GMOOH’, which is how I always used to abbreviate it, so I was like, ‘Okay, I’m definitely on the right path, I must be. Gotta finish this album!’” Thankfully, Tess did exactly that – enlisting a cast of friends and family to contribute in the process.
Taking its name from the Freidrich Nietzche quote “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music”, Tess Parks has returned with a collection of sublime psychedelic pop that doesn’t just welcome you into her world with open arms but also carries the sort of optimistic, inspiring message we so desperately need in our cursed times. “That quote has really resonated with me for years”, she says: “Perception is everything. Peace is this moment without judgement. Even if this album isn’t what it could have been, it’s music to my ears… I’m dancing.” From May 20th, when ‘And Those Who Were Seen Dancing‘ will be released into the world via Fuzz Club Records and Hand Drawn Dracula, we will all be dancing right there alongside her.
“a confident, enchanting presence” – THE NEW YORK TIMES
“a meditative, drone-heavy piece of psych-pop, one that pivots between charming, almost Baroque flourishes and bleached-out desert rock” – CLASH
“droning, deeply rhythmic, slyly catchy” – STEREOGUM
“Tess Parks’ husky vocals ring through your mind long after the sound fades away” – LINE OF BEST FIT
“Equal parts Courtney Love and Hope Sandoval…” – THE GUARDIAN
“Her tones sweep with a relaxing rasp that soothes the soul… darkly seductive.” – FAR OUT MAGAZINE