December 08, 2013

Music Saturday - Parov Stelar

Every week again... we're presenting another album of bands or singers we currently love. This week: The Princess - Parov Stelar.

Parov Stelar is an Austrian musician, born in November 1974 as Marcus Füreder. He performs with his band, the Parov Stelar Band, and as a solo DJ worldwide. After gaining experience as a DJ at nightclubs during the mid-late 1990s, Parov Stelar got incolved in producing and publishing in 2000, first under the pseudonym Plasma and his real name. In  2004 he started producing under the pseudonym Parov Stelar and founded his own label: Etage Noir Recordings.

Parov Stelar Band

His first release, KissKiss EP, provided an immediate breakthrough on the internation electronic music scene. After starting as a solo artist and gaining initial success, in 2005 Parov Stelar began to perform live sets with a full band. The collaboration with four (later five) musicians and a vocalist had a very noticeable influence on his work.

His retro-influenced music is borne out of an aura of elegance, wickedness and pure energy, inspired by styles and samples from the most varying of genres (soul, pop, jazz and swing) and combined with modern beats and grooves creates an incomparable and peerles sound.

On April 20th 2012, Parov Stelars long-awaited new double album "The Princess" was released, being is eight album. It perfectly sums up his musical development without neglecting his roots.

I really like this album because it's so varied. I heard this CD for the first time when I was studying together with Julia last year. After listening for 5 minutes, I fell in love with this music. In the mean time, I've listened to his CDs for sooo many times and it seems they get better every time :) I enjoy listening to the calm songs while I'm studying but some other time I put on my headphones and just enjoy some relaxing time listening to the album!

Track list:
1. Milla's Dream
2. All Night
3. Nobody's
4. The Princess
5. Silent Shuffle
6. This Game
7. You Got Me There
8. Dust in the Summer Rain
9. Requiem for Annie
10.With You
11. The Beach
12. Song for the Crickets
13. Beautiful Morning
14. The Fog
15. True Romance Part 2

Facts about the band:
- His colleagues all around the world gave him reputation as the founder of a new genre: electro swing.
Parov Stelar’s tracks have been used on more than 700 compilations and have been the soundtrack for numerous TV ads, TV shows, TV series and movies.
In 2012, an excerpt from his songs “Chambermaid Swing” was used in a well-known Bacardi commercial.

Thanks for reading, enjoy the listening!
Love, Lou

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