After introducing himself with his vibrant initial offering 'Down And Out' earlier this year, Brighton-based singer-songwriter Park Days is back once again with his shimmering new single 'Hearts Take A Very Long Time To Heal'.
Bringing back more of that warm and invigorating pop-rock aesthetic he is quickly building for himself, 'Hearts Take A Very Long Time To Heal' makes for a beautifully rich and tender listen. With his heartfelt vocal performance layered across a breezy acoustic-led production throughout, he is certainly looking to turn some heads with this captivating new cut.
So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with him to find out more about his origins and what has been inspiring him most lately.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
Hmmm, I enjoyed playing the clarinet growing up and learnt a lot from it but I don’t think I ever fell in love with it. Discovering the guitar in my early teens was a musical turning point for me and have been obsessed playing it ever since!
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
It wasn’t until I was in my early teens that I started to develop my own music taste, before then I mainly listened to stuff that parents were playing some of it enjoyed but again it wasn’t stuff I loved. It was mainly classical, church music and folky stuff all of which still influences me but it was when I discovered bands like Coldplay and Arctic Monkeys that I really fell in love with music.
What was the first album you remember owning?
The first album I bought was Coldplay’s debut album Parachutes when I was 12 years old. Something drew me to it and it’s still my favourite album of all time, pure magic.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
I have quite a few to be honest. If I hear something really beautiful and ear catching I can’t help but wish I’d thought of it. My friend Fred has a band called Things Happen Fast and when I hear their song Lover’s Touch I told him I wished I’d written it as the chorus and bridge so great, must have listened to it 20 times in one day!
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
Not conscious one’s but I try to write all the time rather than setting aside time to do it just be open to it! Apart from that a comfy sofa and a guitar are my two other necessities, cup of tea doesn’t hurt either!
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
Been really getting into fingerstyle country / folk guitar and writing a lot myself but in doing so listening to Dusty Polanco and Etta Baker. Been also listening to Silvertwin and Far Caspian.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
That’s a tough one maybe The Strokes, they’re my favourite indie band ever so good.
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
Probably writing new music and then hearing people react to it and tell you what it means to them. Feel like I’m just repaying the favour of all the beautiful music that has filled my life so far.
And what is the most frustrating part?
How difficult it is to make a career out of it; having to have other jobs to sustain you rather than being able to focus on it solely and as a result live off it. That and having to promote yourself all the time to often very little reward!
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Be true to yourself!
Park Days' new single 'Hearts Take A Very Long Time To Heal' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.