Singer-songwriter Joe Parsons releases debut self-titled album
London based artist Joe Parsons unleashes his self titled debut album into the world. A momentous day for Joe, the album release is on the same anniversary as the day Joe came out nine years ago.
His self-titled debut album is a delicate release, led by piano and unveils as the perfect introduction into Joe Parsons’ mind.
An honest album using heart on sleeve lyrics to convey the important message, Joe told us, ‘When the pandemic hit and my usual tipple of performing stand up comedy was taken away, I decided to revisit the joy of making music after a 6-year hiatus. The album reflects on the last 10 years of my life – from sitting within the walls of a metaphorical clichéd closet to launching myself out of it.
As it’s 9 years since I came out, I wanted to take a deep dive into the turbulence of the last decade. I wanted to document the euphoria of coming out and excitement of dating a gender I was actually interested in counteracted by the mental damage repression had caused and the behaviours it has established within me; good and bad. The concept was a simple question to me: if I was a time traveller and went back and asked myself how I was feeling, what would be the answers? And so, I imagined my responses through music.
Tonally the answers ranged from brutal honesty and sarcasm to ‘I’m fine, don’t worry about me’. At times it’s light, at times its dark, but in its complete form, it’s the most accurate and honest autobiography I could write without the protection of a comedy routine.’
A wonderful album that showcases Joe Parsons’ influences down to a tee, this album will make you feel and be proud to be human. An ode to what it feels like to be a gay man growing up in the 90s and 00s, this personal record explores themes of alienation through homosexuality, homophobia, toxic masculinity, anxiety and relationships.
Joe Parsons’ self titled album will pull at your heartstrings.