Parasouls wax nostalgic of teenage past on debut EP, Drifters, Dream Makers
Power pop trio Parasouls transport listeners back in time with the release of their debut EP, Drifters, Dream Makers under Lilystars Records.
The Filipino indie band’s latest record documents the easygoing days of being young and carefree, while waxing nostalgic of the people, places, and events that shaped their consciousness through the years.
According to guitarist and vocalist Dani Dimaano, Drifters, Dream Makers also serves as a love letter to a closed chapter in her life. “It’s like opening a time capsule: an adventure through time and space to a simpler, more reminiscent happy time of life. Drifters, Dream Makers is about the little things that you want to remember. It’s for the drifters and the dream makers. And who says you can’t be both?”
Written and produced by the band themselves, Drifters, Dream Makers articulates the self-conscious journey of youthful love and awakening through the lens of someone looking back at life with fondness.
“We wanted to make something that is filled with energy that will hopefully let you escape the real world, and experience euphoria at least the time being,” Dimaano says in a statement. “If I were to describe it, it sounds like a dream. We all worked on this together, with the help of our friend Migzz Rival of Four Corners Musicians Lair.”
The EP contains six meticulously crafted songs that showcase the band’s deft melodic touch and tight songwriting. The EP’s focus track “Magic Markers” illustrates a color-soaked portrait of innocence and charm, with lyrics that turn imagination into a powerfully resonant statement. “And she paints the world, with neon cars in the sky,” Dimaano sings over breezy melodies, tremolo guitar flourishes, and laid-back drums, seizing the moment with observations that come from a place of self-discovery and excitement. The song dives deep into the band’s more introspective side of storytelling, but careful not to lose the indie pop sensibilities that define much of its previously released material.
Other tracks in the record include “Can We Can We,” which NME praised for drawing on “the escapist reverie of 1990s pop rock,” the summery, noise-pop anthem “Sunny Beach,” and the dreamy tune “Lullaby.”
The album artwork is designed by Stina Honasan, the daughter of globally renowned visual artist Martin Honasan and iconic singer-songwriter Barbie Almalbis. The visuals capture the childlike wonder of the record, and channels the excitement of being an adventurous kid out for a ride.
“It was really great working with Stina,” Dimaano points out. “If I’m not mistaken, I’m her first client. I drew a prompt telling her what to do and she just went on from there. I told her to have fun with it. And as expected, she nailed it.”
Parasouls’ debut EP, Drifters, Dream Makers is out now on all streaming platforms worldwide via Lilystars Records.