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Metaphorical Maren

Parusel strives for synth-driven balance on Tightrope Walker.
Parusel strives for synth-driven balance on Tightrope Walker.

San Diego via Tübingen, Germany, pop songwriter Maren Parusel layers reverb-drenched guitar hooks with an assortment of vintage synths on her sophomore album, Tightrope Walker, which is set to be released June 19 on Requiemme Records/BMG Chrysalis.

The themes presented on the LP were inspired by Nietzsche’s landmark book Thus Spoke Zarathustra and the documentary Man on Wire about a French highwire walker who traversed a line between the World Trade Centers in 1974.

“Metaphorically, life is you walking on a tightrope,” says Parusel, whose debut Artificial Gardens (produced by Black Heart Procession’s Pall Jenkins) won Best Pop Album at the 2011 San Diego Music Awards. “You’re balanced on your own rope. You can slip and fall. This album is about believing in yourself rather than looking up to figures. It’s about living your own dream.”

Parusel’s revamped synth-driven sound comes after her gear was stolen on tour in New York City last year; although, Parusel says, “I was already beginning to change the way I made music.”

For Tightrope Walker, Parusel teamed up with Christopher Hoffee at Chaos Recorders in Escondido, whose array of analog synthesizers and vintage plug-ins lend dreamy, dance-friendly textures to Parusel’s falsetto vocals.

Backed by a live band of Eric Brozgold (drums), Josh Cass (guitarist from Get Back Loretta), and Kory Mcafee (bass), Parusel and company recently garnered attention from R.E.M.’s Mike Mills (“I loved her set”) and photographer BP Fallon at South by Southwest, where she played several shows, including Alejandro Escovedo’s (brother of Requiemme manager Mario Escovedo) day party at the Continental Club.

Celebrate the release of Tightrope Walker on June 30 at the Casbah with Maren Parusel and the Nervous Wreckords.

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Parusel strives for synth-driven balance on Tightrope Walker.
Parusel strives for synth-driven balance on Tightrope Walker.

San Diego via Tübingen, Germany, pop songwriter Maren Parusel layers reverb-drenched guitar hooks with an assortment of vintage synths on her sophomore album, Tightrope Walker, which is set to be released June 19 on Requiemme Records/BMG Chrysalis.

The themes presented on the LP were inspired by Nietzsche’s landmark book Thus Spoke Zarathustra and the documentary Man on Wire about a French highwire walker who traversed a line between the World Trade Centers in 1974.

“Metaphorically, life is you walking on a tightrope,” says Parusel, whose debut Artificial Gardens (produced by Black Heart Procession’s Pall Jenkins) won Best Pop Album at the 2011 San Diego Music Awards. “You’re balanced on your own rope. You can slip and fall. This album is about believing in yourself rather than looking up to figures. It’s about living your own dream.”

Parusel’s revamped synth-driven sound comes after her gear was stolen on tour in New York City last year; although, Parusel says, “I was already beginning to change the way I made music.”

For Tightrope Walker, Parusel teamed up with Christopher Hoffee at Chaos Recorders in Escondido, whose array of analog synthesizers and vintage plug-ins lend dreamy, dance-friendly textures to Parusel’s falsetto vocals.

Backed by a live band of Eric Brozgold (drums), Josh Cass (guitarist from Get Back Loretta), and Kory Mcafee (bass), Parusel and company recently garnered attention from R.E.M.’s Mike Mills (“I loved her set”) and photographer BP Fallon at South by Southwest, where she played several shows, including Alejandro Escovedo’s (brother of Requiemme manager Mario Escovedo) day party at the Continental Club.

Celebrate the release of Tightrope Walker on June 30 at the Casbah with Maren Parusel and the Nervous Wreckords.

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