Still Parade – “07:41″ (Stereogum Premiere)
A project initially clouded in mystery and intrigue, Niklas Kramer’s musical venture Still Parade grew in recognition throughout 2013 with their soft, dream-folk rock sound. After various stints playing at an array of summer festivals in Europe, however, the Berlin-based Kramer began to experiment with new soundscapes and techniques upon receiving a new tape recorder as a gift from his father. It marked a change in stylistic direction for the German producer, trading fully-equipped professional studios for the minimalistic surroundings of his own bedroom acoustics. Now, Still Parade retains the dreamy aspect of previous releases in new track “07:41,” but the presence of prominent guitars are replaced by more experimental-sounding efforts, and shimmering synths emerge in the absence of folkish instrumentation. Kramer’s vocals ride the atmospheric currents smoothly, but his lyrics are not the focal point; rather, the production of the sound is to be taken as a whole, a pop dissonance tied in with a lofty and galactic feel. Kramer offered some background on the song:
“07:41″ is about this weird feeling when you’re new somewhere. you feel like a stranger and no one really seems to care about you. But there’s also the chance to build up something new. It’s the point when you just don’t know what’s going to happen. Can be quite scary and exciting at the same time.
“07:41″ will be released on a limited edition hand-cut 7″ and digitally via Art Is Hard as part of the Art Is Hard Singles Club. It’s out tomorrow, 12/4. Pre-order it here.