[Video] Parallels’ ‘Civilisation’

 

Civilization by Parallels  Official Video    YouTube

We covered the SynthPop gold that is the new single from Toronto’s Parallels a week or so ago. Civilisation is taken from the EP of the same name, which is out now; as is this lovely new video. See it with your eyes below.

Mark Moliterni directly this shimmering clip; with some softest focus performance shots contrasted with sharp, real world footage and some nice projector overlays.

Parallels’ Civilisation EP is out now.

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[Audio] Parallels’ ‘Civilisation’

 

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Undoubtedly one of Canada’s finest SynthPop exports, Parallels, dropped a surprise new single this week. Now  boiled down to a line up of founding member Holly Dodson along with her brother Nick and Artem Galperine, they are currently in the studio working on their eagerly anticipated third album, of with Civilisation is out first proper taste (this year’s other offering being a cover of New Order’s Age Of Consent). The new long player is due out later this year, but in the meantime check out Civilisation, the title track of an upcoming five track EP, below.

Civilisation is a fine introduction to this third-era Parallels. Sparking SynthPop with thoughtful lyrics and a gently catchiness that you can just sink into. The breezy synths that ease you into the track are soon accompanied by Holly’s sweet voice and a an energetic piano that weaves itself in and out of the lush electronics, adding a little urgency to Civilisation. It’s a deceptively complex mixture of classy ElectroPop, introspective Indie-Electro and dancefloor sensibilities that feels effortless when put together. Surprisingly euphoric stuff, we can’t wait to hear more.

♫ Parallels – Civilisation

Parallels’ Civilisation EP is released 26th June.

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[Audio] Parallels cover New Order’s ‘Age Of Consent’

 

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Amazing Torontonian SynthPop outfit Parallels are back after quite a hiatus. Things have been quite on the Parallels front since their sophomore album XII in 2012 and we feared we’d seen the last of them. But fear not, they’ve just announced that they are hard at work on their third studio record and in the meantime you should check out their new cover of New Order’s Age Of Consent.

It’s a pretty flat out cover with a raw garage feel. It’s nice to hear Holly back in action with some sweet synths. If we’re honest we don’t think the guitar does a good job of standing in for Hooky’s classic bass sound and it’s a bit overpowering in the mix. We’re hoping for a lot less of that on the new original material, but it does give this cover a raw, live feel. That aside it’s an energetic and driving cover of a song we all love and anything that lays the path for Parallels return is awesome by us.

♫ Parallels – Age Of Consent (New Order Cover)

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[Video] Parallels’ ‘Things Fall Apart’

 

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Recently, Canada’s finest ElectroPop export, Parallels released a new EP following their fantastic XII album. Things Fall Apart has now been given a super slick video treatment.

Artem Galperine directed the clip, which is lit and edited just like you;d imagine a Parallels video to be. Hazy, dreamlike yet exciting. Looking amazing.

Parallels’ Things Fall Apart is out now.

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Parallels’ ‘XII’

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Canadian ElectroPop act Parallels first came to our attention with their 2009 single Ultralight on THISISNOTANEXIT. The following year, Visionaries, the album Ultralight was taken from blew us away. Parallels combination of big Pop songwriting and a raw analog production sound, despite being very retro, sound incredibly fresh. Holly and Cam crafted an album that had the synthesizer authenticity of Minimal Synth, the catchy tunes of Pop and the live feel of Indie. It was both critically acclaimed and was one of out top records of 2010. It’s been a long couple of years while we waited for new material.

In those two years, Cam and Holly parted ways, Cam concentrating on his awesome Kontravoid project and Holly carrying on the name of Parallels. Now, a lot is being said about Cam’s departure and how it has affected the new material. The ‘internet’ seems concerned that, without Cam, Parallels are just a Pop act and the new album XII is somehow not as good as Visionaries. The ‘internet’ is wrong. XII lives up to our expectations in every way, from Love & Devotion, the album’s opener, onward you are treated to a catchy, intelligent, atmospheric ElectroPop album, with each song carrying a emotional resonance. There is definitely less melancholy on this record, then the previous, but that feels like a natural progression. Whereas Visionaries displayed a certain darkness (although not as much as some people would like to make out), XII replaces that with a nostalgic longing, a slightly bitter reminiscing, that actually makes a stronger emotional connection with the listener than Visionaries Goth-lite. Time Will Crawl is the album’s obvious standout, introducing Italo into Parallel’s repertoire and worming it’s way into your brain with a huge chorus which, along with a cover of Gowen’s Moonlight Desires and Ritual Dancer made up Parallel’s much loved recent EP. The rest of the album delivers on the EP’s promises, from Days Of Summer, a retrospective track with starlight synths and Funk bass to Fury On Earth’s reverb washed 80’s movie soundtrack drums and warping lead or the Industrial pounding of Dover, XII is a album that compels further listening. Yes, without Cam XII is a very different sounding album than Visionaries, but it is built from the same foundations. The only real difference here is production style, Holly sublime and relatable vocals work an an anchor, the thread running through Parallel’s work. Be in no doubt, this is Parallels, as good as ever, and XII is an excellent album and one with we would highly recommend.

♫ Parallels – Time Will Crawl

♫ Parallels – Days of Summer

♫ Parallels – Electrimotion

♫ Parallels – Moonlight Desires

Parallels’ ‘XII’ is released tomorrow.

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Parallels’ ‘Days of Summer’

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Following on from their, frankly amazing, ‘time Will Crawl’ EP, here is the first preview of Canadian ElectroPop geniuses Parallels new album ‘XII’. They will be showcasing a brand new track everyday on their SoundCloud every day for the next seven days, leading up to the albums 26th June release, and while we won’t be featuring every track, daily (that would be too much) we’ll kick you off with this first one and urge you to keep and eye out for the next seven days of tunes until we get our hands on the album for review.

If ‘Days Of Summer’ is supposed to be an indication of what ‘XII’ holds then we are more excited about this release than ever (and we were pretty excited as it was). It’s a track that covers you in a wash of nostalgia, both musically and lyrically. Shimmering synths reverberate around the track, warm basses and sparkling lead lines weave in and out of one another creating a modern ElectroPop sound that still reflects SynthPop of the past. A contemporary sound that still wears it’s retro influences in it;s sleeve. There’s even a slight Italo quality to it. Holly’s vocals integrate with the track perfectly, at times acting as part of the instrumentation, but all the time weaving a tale of innocence lost, in a good way, and better times. Right now ‘XI’ is out most anticipated album of they year, the end of the month can;t come quick enough.

♫ Parallels – Days of Summer

‘XII’ is due out 26th June.

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Parallels new EP

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This week Toronto’s greatest SynthPop export Parallels, released their new EP, Time Will Crawl, as a pre-cursor to the release of their new album ‘XII’. We already checked out the new track ‘Moonlight Desires’, a cover of Canadian artist Gowen. Time for a peak at the rest of the EP.

‘Time Will Tell’, the lead track is am amazing slice of what ElectroPop that rest heavily on Italo roots. Like the best, epic, European ItaloPop in the mid ‘80’s, ‘Time Will Crawl’ flows along on bouncing digital bass and rich synth chords with Holly Dodson’s vocals proving to be both dramatic and uplifting, sweeping across the track taking it to new heights. A wash of stings over the Disco groove just makes it perfect. ‘Time Will Crawl’ really is a stunning track, probably the best thing I have heard from Parallels since ‘Ultralight’, and seeing as how I have loved everything they’ve done that’s really saying something. The final track on the EP is ‘Ritual Dancer’ is unmistakable Parallels and works the contrast between Holly’s sweet vocals and a hard beat and bassline to create a track that is both catchy and edgy. No-one does analog sounding ElectroPop like Parallels, they’ve been away far too long.

♫ Parallels – Time Will Crawl

♫ Parallels – Ritual Dancer

‘Time Will Crawl’ is out now, ‘XII’ is due out 26th June.

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New music from Parallels

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Oh hell yeah! Toronto’s finest, Parallels, are back in the game!

The Canadian SynthPop duo have announced the June release of their second album, ‘XII’, the follow up to their stunning début, ‘Visionaries’. The first track to see the light of day from the album is ‘Moonlight Desires’, actually a cover of Canadian ‘80’s artist Gowen, a bright, shiny SynthPop dream. Apparently the new album won’t be as dark as ‘Visionaries’, but if this track is anything to go by it’ll be awesome. The shimmering synths in ‘Moonlight Desires’ are more ‘80’s and Playful than in the slightly more aggressive tracks on ‘Visionaries’ but we think that’ll make for a nice companion album.

Parallels – Moonlight Desires

‘XII’ is due out 26th June.

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Parallels’ new EP

The Torontonian ElectroPop awesomeness that is Parallels return today with the release of their new EP ‘Salome’.

Their track ‘Ultralight’ from last years’ ‘Visionaries’ album, made it into our top 20 tracks of 2010 list and we couldn’t stop playing the whole CD in Spring last year so any new Parallels release was eagerly anticipated. And the EP doesn’t disappoint, continuing the duo’s spacious, yet warm, sound layered thick with lush synths floated above by Holly Dodson’s angelic vocals. this is the kind of track that makes me remember why I got into SynthPop in the first place!

Parallels – Salome

The ‘Salome’ EP is out now. go check it out. Parallels are about to embark on their ‘Visionaries tour of North America, details here.

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Parallels’ ‘Dry Blood’ video

Toronto’s Parallels are a big favourite round our way. The perfect blend of ElectroPop and 80’s synthesizer Disco who sound every bit as classic as the do fresh.

Anyway, here’s the new video for their forthcoming single ‘Dry Blood’, the storming third track on their début album ‘Visionaries’.

Not the video in my mind when I hear the track, but a video that works strangely well nonetheless.

‘Visionaries’ is put now. go check it out.

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Parallels @ Juno

Parallels @ 7Digital

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