Like the music itself, Quiet Parade’s evolution has moved in a slow crescendo, steadily but insistently building on a foundation of nostalgia and longing, to create songs that are as forward-looking melodically as they are lyrically wistful, a carefully cultivated combination of folk-pop music.
Quiet Parade fully marched to life as a solo project for Trevor Murphy, who in 2011 released Please Come Home (We Hate It Here Without You), ruminating on his days growing up on the edge of Nova Scotia, a rural kid following in the footsteps of fellow Yarmouth sons Brian Borcherdt and Wintersleep’s Paul Murphy. In 2013, Old Haunts presented a burgeoning full-band version of Quiet Parade, the same bleeding-heart craggy-shore lyrics inside of bigger arrangements.
On Quiet Parade, the Halifax unit steps forward together. As with its previous two releases, this one was produced by JUNO-nominated producer Daniel Ledwell. Echo Lake, Ledwell’s studio hidden in the trees behind his home in Lake Echo, is itself a secret paradise on the outskirts of Halifax, an artistic haven just over the hill from an unsuspecting suburb. Its lakeside views, foggy nights, and relaxed atmosphere are instilled in the recording as it rocks, as if on a gentle wave, from indie-pop to alt-country to folk. Winding guitar lines, fading choruses and insistent percussion hook the ear while the words go straight for the heart. It’s an album for late-night drives and early morning walks, on headphones at a whisper and stereos turned up loud.