“His experimentation, alternative sound and approach is not merely a means to disguise a lack of real talent, but a truly creative and sincere artistic expression.”
WORDS BY ROBBIE DADOMO-EDGINGTON
NO PARKING is the musical alias of Parker Liam Harris. Hailing from the Durham, North Carolina, his music defies categorisation, taking in a wealth of disparate influences and blowing them apart to create something fresh and exciting in the aftermath. The mainstays of his output include crunchy blown out beats and sludgy 808s, juxtaposed with heavy thrashed guitars, warped synths, and a surprising vocal range that jumps from tight rhymes to extreme screams and the occasional soft croon.
NP has steadily been releasing music for the past couple of years, and the first track that really stood out to me was the title track from 2018’s Two Moons which to newcomers, is an excellent introduction to his melding of styles and sounds, as well as his approach to lyrics, creating dark yet humorous juxtapositions with lines such as “I put the knife to my wrists but its plastic”. Two Moons as a whole is a successful and exciting musical exploration, and certainly a worthy introduction to No Parking.
His new album Darker is his most interesting and accomplished effort, featuring more robust instrumentation and samples and an even greater breadth of influences and styles. Stand out tracks include Abduct Me and Red Circle w/ a Slash, but the album is highly creative and energetic from front to back. Abduct Me is one of the harder tracks on the album, starting off with a dull, throbbing beat, which evokes the energy of the back room of a nightclub, that slowly morphs into a wild thrash of guitars, backed with an infectious trap beat. Red Circle w/ a Slash is a showcase for NP’s vocal range, as it begins with more of a gentle crooning style, which over the course of the song evolves into high energy, top of the lungs screams that colour Abduct Me and other tracks on the album.
There are also a couple of great features in Rowan Nygard and Casper Rose, that add another dimension to the album, giving it a more professional and accomplished feel, without taking away from the DIY ethos of NO PARKING. Tearjerker (feat. Casper Rose) highlights NP’s pop sensibilities, which is of course not to suggest that it is at all cynically commercial or paint-by-numbers, but more that it showcases his ability to write great songs, and that his experimentation, alternative sound and approach is not merely a means to disguise a lack of real talent, but a truly creative and sincere artistic expression.
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