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Quiet, please 

Quiet Parade release their peaceful album Saturday at 1313 Hollis


In The Coast's recent Best of Music feature, a band with a relatively low profile swept the votes to win the "best band to listen to quietly" award. That band is Quiet Parade, a solo recording venture by Halifax music veteran Trevor Murphy (Sleepless Nights, The Establishment) who has slowly been creeping his way through three albums of tender acoustic pop songs.

"It's the first time that I'm presenting songs that I'm writing to the public where I step away from the side stage and put myself to the front," says Murphy of the solo project.

But with his new album Please Come Home (we hate it here without you)---released April 19, with an official live launch at 1313 Hollis on April 23---Quiet Parade is increasingly becoming the focal point for the local musician.

"This album has really helped me hone what I want Quiet Parade to be and---sorry to bring the reference up again---something to listen to quietly and enjoy," says Murphy.

To capture the hushed soundscapes for his new album, Murphy decided to rent a cabin in the woods of Yarmouth for a week in August with producer Daniel Ledwell (In-Flight Safety). The remote location allowed the pair to fully capture the quiet sounds of the countryside, something that was impossible to do on his previous two records.

"I used to record in my bedroom on Robie Street and would pick up the signal from CKDU in the recording process," Murphy laughs.

But the cabin managed to provide its own form of natural sonic interference during the recording.

"Even though there was a heat wave we would have to close the windows all day because hundreds of birds would just be outside chirping their heads off," says Murphy. "If you listen really closely you can hear them when the songs fade out, but it lends an endearing quality to the record because you know it was recorded in the woods."

And what else would you expect from Halifax's best quiet band?

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