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Mel Parsons Gets Honest About Being an Independent Musician on ‘Offer Down’

The lively return primes the award-winning indie-folk artist to support The Teskey Brothers on their New Zealand tour next month

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Mel Parsons is back with “Offer Down”, offering a glimpse into her upcoming album next year.

The spirited track delves into the world of independent musicians, with Parsons singing, “There’s an offer down, offer on the table,” against a backdrop of jaunty guitar lines, bringing to life the daily struggles in the music industry.

“‘Offer Down’ had been kicking around for a while; the lyrical idea was a bit of a view into the slog behind the scenes and the idea that the overnight success is usually preceded by a lot of rejection and persistence,” Parsons says. 

Recorded in Ōhinehou/Lyttelton at Basement Studio with producer Josh Logan, who, together with Parsons, played all the instruments on the song, she adds, “It’s fun to play live, and I think that always bodes well for songs heading out into the world.”

The accompanying video, shot in Lyttelton itself – above Magazine Bay and Corsair Bay – captures the lively feel of the track with a hint of a “creepy feeling.”

The release sets the stage for the award-winning indie-folk singer to support The Teskey Brothers on their upcoming New Zealand tour dates next month (see full dates below).

Additionally, Parsons will perform a solo show in her hometown of Lyttelton at Loons on Friday, December 15, with tickets available here

Parsons’ upcoming record follows her fifth and critically acclaimed album, SLOW BURN, which debuted at number three on the Official Top 40 album charts and number two on the Top 20 NZ album charts.

Parsons’ previous album, GLASS HEART, earned her the Best Folk Artist award at the 2020 Aotearoa Music Awards and was a finalist for the 2019 Taite Music Prize.

Mel Parsons “Offer Down” is out now. 

The Teskey Brothers – The Winding Way Tour
with special guest Mel Parsons

Thursday 7th December – Auckland Town Hall, Auckland [sold out]
Friday 8th December – Auckland Town Hall, Auckland [sold out]
Saturday 9th December – Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington [sold out]
Sunday 10th December – Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington [TICKETS HERE]
Tuesday 12th December – Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch [sold out]
Friday 15th December – LOONS, Lyttelton – TICKETS HERE
Saturday 10th February – Nostalgia Festival – TICKETS HERE