Bristol-based Stevie Parker may have had a quiet start to life growing up in a quaint country town in Somerset. However, over the last year, she has shone out as the one to watch. Having only released her debut single, The Cure, last June, and her debut EP, ‘Blue’, in November, Stevie quickly introduced her ambient, shimmering twist on electro-pop to the world. She also began recording her first album, due later this year, with Grammy award winning producer Jimmy Hogarth, famed for working with Amy Winehouse, Sia, James Bay, and Maverick Sabre to name just a few.
Her latest single, ‘Without You’, and the accompanying video, continue to build on her ambient-pop sound and the conflicts of love and loss. The song speaks of lost love and the empowerment of independence, while the video comments on the isolation felt after a breakup, showing Stevie standing alone at car boots, on busy streets, and on top of apartment buildings. At each location, the camera zooms slowly towards her, but cuts before we get too close, making the viewer feel like an ex trying to win their way back, however, with each cut, it forces us to start at the beginning again as she insists, “I’m doing alright without you”.
Following the release of ‘Without You’, Stevie took some time out to tell Notion about some of her influences and a few of her favourite things. Take a look below:
Androgyny: I'm not necessarily saying that I think girls should be like boys or vice versa, I'm more into the idea that the lines are blurred and the definitions of both are far more interpretable. I'm really into men's fashion, yet I feel inherently feminine. I've kind of always been that way and it intrigues me as to where it's born. I think freedom of self expression is exciting, and I've always been heavily influenced by artists and actors who blur the lines with their expression of gender.
Motown: I think Motown is the genre of music that has influenced me the most. I grew up with it bouncing off the walls and I think it shaped the way I write songs. The emphasis is really on singers with emotive voices and a depth of soul that is seen as a requirement rather than just an added bonus. The songs are always invariably about being in love. That simple yet emotionally complex style is something I'm really captivated by.
Monochrome: My eyes are always drawn to monochrome or stark images. I feel this has an effect on me on every level. I love minimalism and I also love it when things polarise, therefore I find black & white so satisfying. It's how I like to dress, draw, and generally design things, leaving space and encouraging the details and colours in things to show.
Drawing: I've always loved drawing since I was really little, and it's slowly started to manifest itself more and more strangely! I enjoy drawing dark, bizarre or distorted faces - hopefully it's not a reflection of something too twisted internally, I just find it an oddly soothing, simple pleasure.
Dogs: I'm pretty obsessed with dogs - Italian Greyhounds are currently my favourite. I think there's something very beautiful about their unconditional loyalty. Something that's extremely hard to find in people. I find animals in general very inspiring and comforting and wish I could be around them more in this line of work!