Christian Parker has an interesting approach to making credible pop music, and in his new single “Dream Catcher” and its accompanying lyric video, he doesn’t have any problem putting all of his cards on the table and showing us exactly who he is. Traditional folk-rock is a big influence on this young songwriter, but there’s nothing overtly retrospective about the aesthetic as it’s presented in “Dream Catcher.”
Some artists are more than content to be simple throwback players; but others, like Parker, instead take inspiration from the past and craft their own place in a contemporary musical lexicon. He isn’t having a hard time winning me over with the anti-formulaic take he has on basic harmonies in this performance, and I’ve got a strong feeling that there are going to be other music journalists who feel just as excited about his present skills as I do this November.
The lyric video for “Dream Catcher” is quite simple and yet incredibly charming, introducing a visual element I found to be quite complementary to the aesthetic of the music in general. It follows a familiar stylization I’ve seen a lot of other indie pop singer/songwriters try and work into their own content over the past few years, but with one distinct difference – its champion is a competent, very skillful singer. His lyrics don’t need any kind of a tune-up, other than to sound even more personal in tone, but his method of attack and what it yields is terrific from top to bottom in my book.
I had never heard of Christian Parker before just recently, but I’ll be following his future output for certain. “Dream Catcher” inarguably has moments of being more complicated than the standard calls for, but I think these moments are mostly symptomatic of a singer/songwriter who is eager to break out of his shell and make his mark on the world around him. It’s going to be hard getting out of the insular scene he’s starting from, but with the intensity he brings into this initial offering, I think he’s going to do just fine in the long run.