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Parlour Panther

Dec 4, 2018 | Funding Recipient

Parlour Panther, a self-produced Queer duo brings dark dream pop inspired by artists such as Jungle, St.Vincent and Sylvan Esso. Parlour Panther lifts you up to a sonic dream with gritty guitar, immersive synths and howling vocals.

Supported by Creative BC' Career Development program, Retrograde, their latest album title, means 'backward step' and is a fitting title as it was almost entirely written during a global pandemic. As non-binary queer spouses who record and produce their own music, Parlour Panther made this anthemic pop album in their at-home studio. Their previous releases explore and celebrate Queer love and identity, but ‘Retrograde’ goes in a new direction. It journeys the self-reflection that comes from isolation, flowing seamlessly through grief and growth to protest and apocalyptic love. 

The arrangements cover a wide spectrum of sound. Their voices blend effortlessly in harmony while also standing strong on their own. Retrograde's use of a drum machine and drum samples, rather than the live drums heard on previous releases, adds a pulsing energy. 

Parlour Panther commented on their experience with releasing Retrograde, "We had an interview with Gloria Steinem on CBC: The Early Edition. Three of our tracks were streamed on CBC radio. We have been climbing Canada Campus Radio charts on Earshot, going from 39 to 16 on the National Top 50. We've been #3 on two other stations and #4 and #5 on two others as well, so far!"