Miracle Parade Announces His Debut, “Hark!…And Other Lost Transmissions” June 21, 2011 on Little Record Company
Perhaps what is at once so fragile and haunting about “Hark!…And Other Lost Transmissions”, the debut album from Miracle Parade, is that it subtly finds a way into the cracks of our everyday experiences. The songs are steeped in low-fi brilliance and rustic ambience, evoking artists that shaped him: Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, The Byrds, and Judee Sill. This debut album, “Hark!…And Other Lost Transmissions”, will be in stores on June 21st and features 11 songs all written and performed by Christopher Pappas.
Miracle Parade began in 2010 as a studio experiment for The Everyday Visuals’ front man Christopher Pappas and has since evolved into a full-fledged alter ego for the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. After recording some bedroom demos, Miracle Parade caught the ear of Rilo Kiley’s bassist Pierre De Reeder, who then signed Miracle Parade to his label, Little Record Company. Christopher moved to Los Angeles and began working on his label debut with Pierre engineering and playing keyboards in the live line-up.
Although Miracle Parade is a fairly new project, Christopher has been making music for the better part of his life. Born in the woods of New Hampshire to an artist mother and a musician father, he spent his youth writing, playing, and recording songs on his father’s old reel to reel tape machine. Since the days in his parents’ attic, this prolific artist has written countless number of songs, recorded albums, and toured all over the US. His award winning musical “Pope! An Epic Musical” has been featured in the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. Perhaps most remarkably, in May of 2010 Christopher made headlines in Boston when he became the first artist in history to headline the Middle East Downstairs with a 30-piece orchestra he assembled. The full orchestra, conducted by Christopher himself, premiered 3 new orchestral works that he composed.
It is this rich musical history that informs this obsessive artist’s work today. At his core, Miracle Parade’s Pappas is a storyteller whose fables explore the choices we make and the things we leave behind. The physicist who spends his life building a time machine so he can go back and not waste his life building a time machine (“The Dying Physicist”), The open letter to the son he never had because he chose the life of a traveling musician (“Son Son (Son)”), A lonely man’s nagging feeling that everyone else in the world is doing something wonderful without him. (“Sweet Tooth”)
Miracle Parade made their SXSW debut this year, performing numerous parties, including the Buzzbands LA and One Band/One Brand showcase – Los Angelenos can see the band live in support of Jenny and Johnny on April 11th at Soho in Santa Barbara, tour dates will follow.