New Parabola West single combines Celtic and Nordic folk in electronic pop dreamery
"A sublime blend of folk and electronic influences which is taken to another level when combined with the beautiful and haunting vocals of Amy Tucker. Part Eivør, part CHVRCHES, but very much original" – Analogue Trash
"Just brilliant... ancient folk in electronic pop dreamery. An uplifting recipe when submerged in electronica, which she has flawlessly achieved here... merges the common denominator between Irish/Scottish and Scandinavian influences, with melodies that are stuff of fantasy" – The Spill Magazine
"A very accomplished and talented songwriter, with an ear for a deceptively simple but often stunning song. Extraordinary talent, both as a songwriter and performer" – NZ Musician
"With such immense talent, it was just a matter of time before Parabola West’s music would reach American shores. Her richly theatrical delivery and uncanny knack for blending genres means that she is able to craft a musical and aesthetic environment within her music that is both fantastical and invigorating" – Big Takeover Magazine
Parabola West is releasing her new single 'Calling Your Name' and, along with that, a new video inspired by the deep woods of New Zealand, which this American singer-songwriter now calls home. Directed by Chris Lane for Bigkid Productions, Felicity Cawood's art direction for the new video brings this sonic lushness into a forested landscape fit for the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings.
Parabola West is the artist persona of Amy Tucker West. Drawing inspiration from Celtic and Nordic folk roots, electronica, and organic sounds, her music is a lush soundscape of layered melodies.
"Calling Your Name' expresses the torment of loving someone who has become emotionally numb. Ask anyone on a significant dose of anti-depressants and they'll tell you about the numbing - that slow, subtle nothingness that keeps life ticking over without incident but turns down all the colour," says Parabola West.
"The lyrics "you are a wilderness frozen from me" kind of sum up the bad times, when you just can't reach the heart until the ice melts. We wanted to create a curious, beautiful, and dark fairytale feeling with the video. The goal was to make it feel both otherworldly and relatable – to express the isolation, hope, and madness of holding an unreachable heart."
This new release follows up Parabola West's 2017 EP 'Purity of Weakness' and lead single 'Fire', which was released both digitally and on CD. Her debut EP 'Did You Hear?' was released in 2014. Often piano-driven, her music is laced with hints of Celtic and Scandinavian influences and a dash of fantasy.
Originally from Springfield, MA (near Boston) on the U.S. east coast and currently based in Raglan, New Zealand, Amy began songwriting on piano as a teenager and, at age 21, she was recruited into the London-based trip-hop band Dreamfield during their recording sessions in Boston. With two critically acclaimed releases to their credit, the band split in 2003 and West relocated to New Zealand.
The self-confessed ‘math & science nerd’ then took a 10-year break from the music industry to work in IT and engineering recruitment, returning to her musical roots in 2013 as solo artist Parabola West.
“I came to a point where I needed to fully immerse myself again in the creative,” says Amy Tucker West. To achieve that she took the extreme step of moving completely off-the-grid to a rural spot on New Zealand’s rugged West Coast. West has since released two successful EPs and continues to call Raglan home.
This song was recorded at 432Hz instead of the standard 440Hz due to Parabola West's experimentation with healing frequencies in her music.
As of December 6, 'Calling Your Name' is available everywhere via online stores like iTunes and Apple Music, and streaming platforms, such as Spotify. In the meantime, her many releases can also be found on Bandcamp.
Fantasy photos by Vanessa Wood.
Other photos by Dominey Nothnagel
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