PARLA – Fledging (single) (Killing Moon Records)


At the top of August, we reviewed the debut track from PARLA, which was a cover of American Music Club’s I’ve Been A Mess.  Talk about taking a song and making it your own; PARLA effortlessly transformed the timeless folk-rock styling of the original into a gorgeous, emotionally fragile electronic pop number, not unlike a downtempo Keane.

Over the course of the past few weeks, the aforementioned track has gone on to be one of our favourite tracks of 2014 and which has personally been on repeat in my head throughout my travels this month to quite a profound effect.

So, it’s with great joy that we learn the duo, comprising of universally renowned producer and songwriter Guy Sigsworth (Björk, Madonna, Imogen Heap and most recently Alison Moyet) and critically acclaimed vocalist Richard Walters, have returned with a new track entitled Fledging.

An atmospheric, drum-less track made up of deep bass notes and both reverb and delay-saturated brass, Fledging is, however, driven by Walters’ emotive soprano vocals.

Simple in its approach but ever so effective, after just one listen to the song’s soaring chorus, the melody will be embedded deep into your recesses.

Put simply, Fledging is utterly gorgeous. More material from PARLA, please.

Fledging appears on the Killing Moon Records compilation entitled New Moons II, which was released on September 15, 2014.

Listen to Fledging below: