about ‘saturations’

Christchurch musician Blair Parkes releases a new album, “saturations

“lovely, love it, love it to death ” – Grant Smithies, RNZ nine to noon

“bursting with fine songs ” – Poplib

‘Beautiful music “Russell Brown, Public address

“run electro’ #1 on ‘ radioactive  top 11 ‘ 060917 

‘run electro ‘ #27 in radioactive top 50 for 2017


saturations’ , Parkes’ 37th release, expands on last year’s acoustic – based album ‘Cardigan Bay’ , exploring melody and dynamics with a broader palette of sounds.

‘saturations’ ranges from the uptempo pop of ‘don’t worry baby’ to the synth – based ‘run electro‘ and ‘rupert’ , to more contemplative tracks like ‘no choice’ and ‘we all need good’ .

saturations’ was recorded and mixed in New Brighton and features several vocal contributions from former  member of the L.E.D.s  Miss Mercury.

Blair Parkes is a New Brighton based musician and visual artist with a thirty year career of varied releases including the synth pop of the L.E.D.s, the song-writerly ‘range’, environmental sound art as ‘condensations’, and early flying nun guitar bands ‘all fall down’ and ‘the letter 5’.

Parkes currently plays live around Christchurch with ‘Cardigan Bay’

on “Cardigan Bay” :

“..all the hooks and choruses and heart-melting chord changes you’d want “ – Nick Bollinger, ‘The Sampler “, Radio New Zealand

“‘Cardigan Bay’ is essentially hook-filled alt-pop, with beguiling melodies and rhythms.” – Amanda Mills, New Zealand Musician

listen to ‘saturations’ here

watch Jono Smits’ film of Elliot Paerata Reid surfing some gnarly West Coast waves with ‘don’t worry baby’ as his soundtrack