Reading Alt/Indie-Pop Band, Handstand Parade, bring a plethora of infectious instrumentals and dreamy vocals in their new single, Draped in Gold. The quartet have had quite a successful year so far, with them receiving airplay on BBC Introducing and securing slots at BBC Events, as well as landing placements at major UK festivals. Currently on the cusp of releasing their second EP, the first single “Draped in Gold” gives us a teaser of what’s to come in their forthcoming record!
Drawing eclectic influence from the likes of The Smiths, Nile Rogers and The 1975, the track successfully encapsulates the synth-heavy tendencies of the eighties with a more modern spin – a fun, elusive combination.
After an initial listen of the track, it brought The 1975’s Paris to mind (featured on I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful, Yet So Unaware of It ), with its glittering surface and juxtaposing lyrics which were laced with melancholiness. Except, in this track, this is replaced with undertones of the fear and uncertainty – emotions which frequently associated with the concept of true love.
“This is what they call real love. This is pain, this is patience,” lead singer Shaquille Howe cries out in the chorus of the track, declaring a rational view of what “real love” consists of. It’s ultimately a piece dedicated to the uncertainties and negatives of exploring the unfamiliar territory that is love.
However, any potential of it being a more serious, heavy-hearted track (which is typical, when a track’s topic is one such as this) is discarded, owing to its funky electric guitar-laden instrumentals and polished bubble-gum pop undertones, making this the ideal post-summer glow track for reminiscing on a summer love!