After dropping the macabre folk strummer “Into The Night”, Belgian musician Loverman (real name James de Graef) reveals “Parlay”, another chilling song that lingers like a remarkable intermediate between Scott Walker and Nick Drake. Funny enough, De Graef – who also fronts bizarro pop unit Shht – confessed never even hearing a Scott Walker-record before deciding to pen songs in quietude; he just naturally ends up sounding this way.
“I remember ‘Parlay’ being the first song I wrote on an old Stella guitar I bought about a year ago,” De Graef explains, “Holding the instrument for the first time, all the while playing the same chord in the same rhythm, I remember being mesmerised by its lived through, wooden sound. The song began to write itself the moment I opened my mouth to sing. I didn’t know what the song was going to be about at the time, but looking back now I hear the restlessness I was experiencing. I wanted to convey this unease, a sense of haunted-ness.”