Mel Parsons unveils edgy new single, Tired Of Being You, from forthcoming album, Slow Burn.
Here’s the record company blurb with details on the song, the album and the tour:
Award-winning singer-songwriter Mel Parsons has released the upbeat and edgy new single ‘Tired of Being You’, the latest track from her forthcoming album SLOW BURN, dropping September 16.
With its hook-laden guitar riffs, driving rhythms and conversational vocal melody, ‘Tired of Being You’ is indie-rock at its best. Parsons’ wry self-deprecating wit punches from the very first line: “You’re winning the busy-ness contest, looks like your diary’s jam-packed… look at all the flights in your flights app… wow you must really be killing it, another lunch in the lounge ok.”
Fun, playful but also raw, Tired of Being You addresses the ups and downs of being an indie touring artist. “It took a long time for me to be able to separate my personal happiness from the notion of career “success” and how one is perceived as a musician,” explains Parsons. “I still get caught up in it from time to time of course, so actually ‘Tired of Being You’ is a piss-take on myself mostly; a reminder that the things we agonise over aren’t nearly as important as we make out.”
Also out today is the accompanying video, produced and co-directed by Parsons. In keeping with the spirit of the song, the visuals, shot by Caleb MacDonald and co-directed and edited by Adam Hogan, encapsulate a deliberately dead-pan-loser vibe.
“We wanted to keep it looking pretty low-fi,” says Parsons. “There was no make-up, we had one spotlight, and the party guests were all my extended family.”
‘Tired of Being You’ joins the already released singles ‘Slow Burn’, ‘Carry On’ and ‘Already Gone’; tracks that showcase the stunning range of Mel Parsons and set the stage for the anticipated upcoming album SLOW BURN, out September 16.
Pre-order the SLOW BURN album HERE
These tracks are the first new releases from Parsons since her critically-acclaimed album GLASS HEART, which saw her win the coveted Best Folk Artist / Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa at the 2020 Aotearoa Music Awards. The record was also a finalist for the 2019 Taite Music Prize and Top 20 finalist at 2019’s APRA Silver Scroll Award.
The album’s accolades are among a number of significant milestones, which have contributed to Mel’s recognition on the international indie-folk scene. Her debut album OVER MY SHOULDER and her sophomore album RED GREY BLUE were both finalists for Folk Album of the Year (in 2009 and 2011, respectively). This is all in addition to her 2015 released album DRYLANDS, which spent 51 weeks in the Independent Music NZ Album charts and won a Tui for Best Engineer in the same year. The full-time touring artist also garnered a Silver Scroll finalist nod for ‘Get Out Alive’ in 2015 and the 2016 NZCMA Best Song for ‘Alberta Sun’.
Catch Mel Parsons performing SLOW BURN live this October and November with an 11-date nationwide tour. Tickets are on sale now from Plus1 HERE
Mel Parsons – SLOW BURN tour dates:
Friday October 7 – Paisley Stage, Napier
Saturday October 8 – Globe Theatre, Palmerston North
Thursday October 13 – Totara St, Tauranga
Friday October 14 – Nirvara Lounge, Hamilton
Saturday October 15 – Hollywood Theatre, Auckland
Sunday October 16 – San Fran, Wellington
Saturday October 29 – Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch *
Friday November 18 – Turner Centre, Kerikeri
Thursday November 24 – Theatre Royal, Nelson
Friday November 25 – 4th Wall Theatre, New Plymouth
Saturday November 26 – Port Chalmers Town Hall, Dunedin
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