Sunday, 16 November 2014

My Brilliant and Beloved Papa

Two weeks ago my father passed away.

My father had a huge influence on my work as a musician and on my creative life in general.

Michel Parry, or 'papa' as I more often called him, was a writer, horror anthologist and a dedicated collector of strange things.

As a child I marveled at his 'shelves of weird': the epicenter of a collection that included battery operated UFOs, macabre automatons, peculiar masks, a Medusa 'wig' and alien 'foetus' soap. As an adult I was better able to appreciate his vast library of books and 60s film and music posters.


Thanks to my dad my childhood world was filled with a wealth of alternative film and children's literature. With great fondness I remember Dorrie, the Little Witch, whose 'hat was always on crooked and stockings never matched'; Raggedy Ann and Andy with their psychedelic cartoon adventures; and, of course, all those weird and wonderful Beatles films.

Dad took my brother and I on regular theatre trips to the Hackney Empire where we saw legendary productions of 'The Invisible Man' and 'The Curse of the Werewolf' along with numerous Christmas pantos. As a family, we also played homage to the Forkbeard Theatre Company, going to see almost every surreal show and exhibition. For many years an annual tradition was to go to the Punch and Judy Festival in Covent Garden of which there is much home video footage taken by my dad.

This music video from a band I used to perform with, Bear Driver, is made up of film shot by my dad on one typically offbeat family outing. The location is Dreamscape, a touring art space that resembled a gigantic and inside-out bouncy castle.


The trail of inspiration that my father gave me to follow will continue to direct my interests and the creative choices that I make for the rest of my life.

And, of course, I will miss him very much.

If you would be interested to know more about my dad's work in the field of horror and weird fiction then a good starting place is the Fantastic Fiction site which has a full list of the publications he was involved with. IMDB also links to film projects on which he was a writer, including the cult B-movie, Xtro.

I will be dedicating my next release to the memory of my father.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Gaia

The darkly wonderful illustrator, puppeteer and animator, Layla Holzer, who was the alpha who initiated me into the art collective, 'Pack of Wolves', has used my music in a short film titled Gaia.

The film is not currently available to view online but is being screened at the film event, 'Roathbud' in Cardiff on October 21st.














The film brings to life the warring between Gaia and her lover which is sparked by the birth of their children, the Titans.















Discovering that Uranus intends to kill their children, who he believes will usurp him as the King of Heaven, Gaia plots to castrate her lover.

The film night in Cardiff is free and further information about it can be found, here.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Released!

My two track single, featuring the songs 'Anima' and 'Forest' is now free as a bird.

You can purchase it on itunes, listen on Spotify, Rdio, Last.fm or find it many other numerous places.
Artwork by Daria Hlazatova.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Road Trip

Last week I took a trip along the South Coast with Mr Blue Sky.


































And Mr Harry.


















We climbed the hill at Hastings.


















Drove by Bodiam Castle.

















Followed the coast to Camber Sands.


































Picnicked on the pebbles at Deal.


















Enjoyed fine dining.

















And didn't want to go home.


















The only way to travel.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Forest - A Ritual



A ritual, a music video, a conjuring, a lo-fi film shot one night in my living room using a smartphone balanced in an ornamental letter holder.

No demons or spirits were banished, summoned or otherwise disturbed during the making of this video.

Or were they?!

The tarot cards used are from the Medieval Scapini tarot.

If you want to see the official music video for 'Forest' by the artist Daria Hlazatova, click here.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Narcissus



This is a fashion film for The House of Peroni, directed by Amberly Valentine with cinematography from Jacob Schule Lewis. Starring Charlotte de Carle.

The song featured here is an early mix of my single, Anima.

Styled by Minna Attala; Production: Rachel Turvey; Stylist's Assistant: Sophie Dampier-Jeans; Makeup: Roseanna Velin; Hair: Jack Kong; Editing: Jacob Schuhle Lewis; Post production: Nadeem Al-Astrabadi @ Happy Finish; First Assistant: Emma Gibney; Photographer's Assistants: Giz Hitchcock and Jose Montemayor.

Clothes - Lee Paton, Della Reed, National Theatre Costume Archive, Rosantica Milano, Busardi, YSL, Amen Couture, Fumbalinas, Miu Miu, Ursula Mascaro, Alexandra Harper, Marchesa Notte.

Monday, 11 August 2014