MAJOR PARKINSON release new single
Major Parkinson continue their magnificent return with their new single, “Live Forever“: A technical powerhouse of a song that evokes a particular late 80s nostalgia, while fusing Major Parkinson’s signature elements of atmospheric synths, intricate rhythms and subtle virtuosity with the kind of anthemic pop hooks the decade was known for. Far from being pastiche, this amalgamation treads new ground for the 7-piece, as progressive electronic elements take center stage for the first time in the band’s career.
Returning guest vocalist, Linn Frøkedal (Megaphonic Thrift, Misty Coast) provides her considerable talents to a timeless chorus alongside the enigmatic baritone of Jon Ivar Kolbotn, colliding like seagulls in the neon haze. “Live Forever” releases September 9th on all major streaming platforms, and is the second single from the highly anticipated Valesa – Chapter I, due October 7th.
Perfectly encapsulating the progressive spirit of Major Parkinson, the song serves as a bridge between the dark complexity of their past work, and their reinvention in a chromatic aberration of modern pop music. Out of the darkness, into the light: Major Parkinson remain progressive in the true sense of the word.
Marrying heavy philosophical questions with the playfulness of this pop anthem, Major Parkinson explores a paradox between the complexities of life and the simplicity of what we consume. This juxtaposition is highlighted throughout the song by the deep resonance of Jon Ivar Kollbotn’s enigmatic voice, and the airy, glittery counterpart of Peri Winkle (Claudia Cox).
Major Parkinson is a Norwegian avant-garde pop group with four critically acclaimed full-length albums to their name: Major Parkinson (2008), Songs from a Solitary Home (2010), Twilight Cinema (2014) and Blackbox (2017).
Their free-flowing and unrestrained songwriting is constantly evolving and expanding into new musical territories, and the upcoming album, Valesa: Chapter I, could be seen as a lighter and more extroverted work than previous albums – while clearly maintaining the band’s experimental core operation. Earlier comparisons to Cardiacs still ring true, while there are echoes of names as diverse as Arcade Fire, Depeche Mode, Leonard Cohen, Duran Duran, Poppy, and Bruce Springsteen on Valesa.
Splashing about in their very own, near-overflowing bubble of progressive rock, avant-garde pop, dark humor and theatre, some claim Major Parkinson to be Norwegian music’s best kept secret. Yet, to their loyal and growing fanbase, they certainly are no secret.
14. okt: Summer’s End i Chepstow ( UK) 15. okt: Boston Music Room, London ( UK) 22. okt: Vulkan, Oslo 28. okt: Bergen 29. okt, TBA : Stengade , Køben (DK)