Track of the Day: James Parm “I Know I Know I Know” (2019)

Montreal’s James Parm released his debut record, Oh My Darling, last week. The album is a striking blend of Parm’s musical influences: 90’s garage rock, jazz and hip hop. With the single, “I Know I Know I Know”, a propellent slice of post-punk falling more towards the garage rock end of the spectrum. 

Parm has been something of a fixture of the local Montreal scene for a number of years now; ever since his first teenage band began playing shows across the city. With a breakthrough within his grasp, Parm hit a bit of a roadblock in the form of a devastating break-up with his long-term girlfriend. Following a 3 month trip across South East Asia, Parm returned to Montreal to find himself without a job and his band broken up. 

In weathering these new developments Parm succumbed to something of a solitary life, working in a bar downtown and living out on the outskirts of town. He also began writing more music. Music which would eventually come to form the basis of Oh My Darling. It’s a strong and compelling record, with the songs offering a pointed criticism of the materialism and lascivious and loose attitudes towards love and sex. 

There is a lot of love about “I Know I Know I Know”, it’s clever, with a strong message, and is an enjoyable listen; with some wonderful guitar work and strong vocals. The additional backing vocals were a nice touch too, giving the track something of a subliminal message. Oh My Darling as a whole is well worth your time as well, it’s creative, it’s varied and really a fantastic introduction to Parm’s musical world. 

“I Know I Know I Know” and Oh My Darling are available now. You can find out more about James Parm via his Official Site, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Simon Clark

Books Editor. An admirer of songs and reader of books. Simon has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature. All errant apostrophes are his own.

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