Grab your brooms, sisters – it’s officially spooky ooky season!
To keep you satisfied all season long, I’m proud to present the October edition of Queer Necessities, my monthly LGBTQ-focused playlist where I catch you up on the latest releases by rising queer talent and fierce allies.
The cover star this month is multi-platinum selling talent Parson James, who is fresh off the release of his new single: “High Tide, Low Tide,” a soulful and poetic slice of pop, marking his first music release since signing to his new record label 12Tone Music.
It’s been well over a “Minute” since Parson dropped any new solo material, but it seems like the timing couldn’t be better for him: “Honestly it feels obviously much different from any other time I’ve released given what’s happening all around us. I’ve been patiently writing, gathering material and putting the pieces together for what will ultimately be my album for quite some time and mentally/creatively got to that space where I was just READY,” Parson told Jon Ali in a statement. “2020 hit and I honestly didn’t know how this would all pan out or if I would be able to release but I am so thankful I’ve been able to and do it on my own terms. I don’t function as a normal human if not making music and most importantly connecting with the humans who listen to it so it feels like the most humbling, exciting, completely bat shit crazy thing in the world to be back in 2020 – but I am so so happy I am!”
On the inspiration behind “Hide Tide, Low Tide,” Parson says: “The long and short of it is that of course my quarantine would not have been complete without finding a quarantine love who ultimately wasn’t ready for commitment haha. I met this guy the day before it all locked down and we ended up spending every minute of the lockdown together and I literally had some of the best few months of my entire life. I fell really hard for him, and we were always at the ocean a lot bc he loves the water so that’s where the theme came into play. Ultimately I started seeing he had a lot of issues similar to what I’ve dealt w in the past and my empathy got the best of me and I was trying really hard to help/change him. He would push me away, pull me in etc.. so it reminded me of the tides of the ocean. All the highs and all the lows. I live for that shit Lol”
Get familiar with his name if you haven’t already! This month’s selections also include new singles from Isaac Dunbar, Grayson, BAYLI, Starley, Kyle Lux, ETHAN, Omar Apollo, Blest Jones, Brad Gibson, David Blank, Starrah, Trapcry, Saturn, NAR, Miss Iman Hill and much more.
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