Canadian singer-songwriter Tess Parks has recently released a fabulous album titled Blood Hot, which has come out on 359 Records (the new label from Creation Records founder Alan McGee). Tess is a Toronto native who spent some time in London and then relocated to Canada and formed a cracking band that not only understands the vibe of her songs but adds a very creative and unique way of presenting them.
Tess' songs are rooted in simplicity in a way that brings to mind not only folk music (she is on record as being a massive fan of Dylan and Elliott Smith), but also adds a droning, hypnotic psychedelic element that is uber appealing in a Velvet Underground/ Brian Jonestown Massacre/ Mazzy Star kind of way. Modern psychedelic folk rock? YES, please!
Unfortunately, the album isn't available on vinyl, but there's a fantastic limited edition 45 that IS (get it here).
'Someday' is so catchy it just gets rooted deep into the brain and I certainly don't want it to leave; it's the kind of song that can stay in your head all day and not be annoying- in fact, it just makes me wanna hear it again and again.
The flip side, 'Let's Sing This Song', (which isn't on the album) is just as great, and turns up the hypnotic factor with some fantastic slow motion guitar bends and super sensual vocals.
What makes it all even more fantastic is that Tess is only 23 years old- just when it's easy to feel jaded that the younger folks aren't 'getting it', along comes a talent that *does*. I for one can't wait to see what the future holds for this artist. Stellar stuff!