Bluesy quartet The King’s Parade have offered up an atmospheric rock sound in the form of their new EP, Haze. The London based band have refined their style since their formation in 2012, and look to burst onto the scene with four high quality tracks, that convey a melodic, mature feel.
The first introduction to the EP is the instrument heavy ‘Not yet’, which serves to make the listener aware of the instrumental prowess of the band right from the intro. The fingerstyle guitar compliments the satisfying vocal harmonies, a theme which runs throughout Haze. The strong drumming helps the song build towards the end, and the track presents an opening to the EP that piques the interest.
‘Of Stone’ takes it one step further with the backing vocals, making it a key focus. The song features a catchy riff, contrasting with the fingerstyle of the first offering, and presenting a more rock orientated edge to the band. Light and shade is used to accentuate the chorus, something that is also used to great effect in the third entry, ‘Mother Tongue’. There are no frills here – The King’s Parade have used the basics very well, the sweeping melody and stripped back approached offering again another side to the band.
The titular track ‘Haze’ is the result of all three approaches, the power of the instruments coupled with another soulful melody, tied together with the same striking vocals found throughout the EP. It solidifies the bluesy style the band are aiming for, and highlights the attention to detail that each component of said style has been given. Haze is an impressive EP, conveying an air of confidence backed up by a skilful delivery, making each song easy to the ear. It will surely pave the way for a follow up LP, and act as a stepping stone to great success for The King’s Parade.
Haze is out now