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The Electricity Club reviews Silicon Dreams 2017 Festival

SILICON DREAMS 2017 Review The Electricity Club

Legendary Synth-Blog "The Electricity Club" have reviewed the Silicon Dreams 2017 Festival that Parralox headlined at in July.

Click here to read the article on The Electricity Club >> http://www.electricity-club.co.uk/silicon-dreams-2017-review/

 

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The electronic musical festival returns with an impressive lineup…

This summer saw the return of SILICON DREAMS, the electronic music festival whose roots were founded in the Vintage Computer Festival back in 2010 (an event which also featured OMD performing live). The festival returned in 2013 with both Heaven 17 and Northern Kind in performance, an event which TEC writer Jer White summed up as “synthpop’s still alive and as vibrant as ever”.

Once again curated by Silicon Dreams’ founder Simon Hewitt, the 2017 event ambitiously took on the task of staging 6 acts who pull from both established artists as well as performers who are just embarking into the world of electronic music.

The venue of choice for this year’s event also stepped up a gear with the Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall Music Room setting the stage for the return of Silicon Dreams.

Special thanks to Paul Browne

 

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Matrixsynth article - Sound of Science feat John von Ahlen

article - MATRIXSYNTH - Pain by Sound of Science feat. John von Ahlen

Sound of Science, a transatlantic duo, have released a new single and it features John von Ahlen from Parralox on vocals. Sound of Science is comprised of Tom Carpenter and Jason Huffman.

Matrixsynth, a website dedicated to the world of synthesizers have written an article about the release of the new single.

Tom is the man behind Analogue Solutions and has been building synthesizers for over 15 years. He has supplied synths to people such as Trent Reznor, Martin Gore, Vince Clarke, Phil Oakey, Daniel Miller, and many more. The designs are directly influenced by his love of electronic music.

Jason is an analogue synth wizard, composer and a lover of all things that make noise. He also produces the legendary Rezfilter videos (see YouTube) that highlight these excellent synthesizers. Together they have pooled their years of combined experience of songwriting and sound design to produce real songs using real synthesizers.

Pain EP Remixes by Sound of Science (feat. John von Ahlen)

Synths featured:
Pro One, Korg 770, Waldorf XT, Wasp, Waldorf Wave, AS Modules, AS Telemark, RSF Kobol, EML400

Tracks:

Pain (original)
Pain (Mind Your Faith Remix) by Chad Glenn
Pain (Introvert Rework) by Introvert
Pain (Johnery Doo Mix) by Simon Forsyth
Pain (Adam et Eve Mix) by Chad Glenn

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Click here to read the original article >> http://www.matrixsynth.com/2017/07/pain-by-sound-of-science-feat-john-von.html

Watch the video clip on YouTube >> youtube.com/watch?v=IGm_MAhOvxw (click the photo below)

Pain by Sound of Science feat John von Ahlen (Music Video)

 

And don't forget the first Sound Of Science song - Hydrodome feat John von Ahlen (click the photo below)

Hydrodome by Sound of Science feat John von Ahlen (Music Video)
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Urbanista Magazine - Silicon Dreams Festival - Review

article 2017 07 12 Urbanista Magazine Silicon Dreams Festival Parralox Review

Urbanista Magazine UK review Silicon Dreams Festival 2017. Spoiler alert : They liked us a lot ;-)

What can I say about the night? Only that it was chock full of amazing (and friendly!) bands. Parralox got to perform with Avec Sans, Future Perfect, Berlyn Trilogy, Voi Vang and Carolyn McLavy.

Read the article here > https://urbanistamagazine.uk/silicon-dreams-festival-electronica-2017-review/

 


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The Electricity Club interviews Parralox

article 2017 06 24 electricity club interviews john von ahlen of parralox

Legendary music blog "The Electricity Club" have interviewed John von Ahlen from Parralox, ahead of their performance at Silicon Dreams, Liverpool
Parralox will be headline act at Silicon Dreams on July 8th, 2017 at the Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room, alongside amazing musical acts Avec Sans, Future Perfect, Voi Vang, Carolyn McLavy and Berlyn Trilogy.

Paul Browne interviewed John von Ahlen, and asked a multitude of questions about Parralox's live show, the evolution of their sound, their favourite songs and much more.

Visit The Electricity Club to read the entire interview >> http://www.electricity-club.co.uk/an-interview-with-parralox/

Special thanks to Simon Hewitt and Paul Browne.

 

Parralox are performing in the UK at the following events:

Silicon Dreams on 8th July 2017 at Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room (tickets via http://silicondreams.org.uk/)

Synthetic City London on 9th September 2017 (Tickets via www.johnnynormal.net)

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parralox - live - 2017 07 08 - Silicon Dreams - Liverpool

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Side-Line reviews new Parralox album Subculture

article 2017 03 19 sideline reviews subculture and holiday16 by parralox

 

Side-Line reviews have just posted reviews of the new Parralox album Subculture, and also Holiday '16.

Side-Line Reviews is an online platform for lovers of EBM, dark-electro, industrial, power-noise, tribal, industrial-trance, dark-ambient, techno-body, gothic, new-wave, ethereal, synth-pop and related genres.

Parralox - Subculture 50px Click here to read the Subculture review on Side-Line Reviews

Parralox - Holiday 16 Click here to read the Holiday '16 review on Side-Line Reviews

 

Kind thanks to Stéphane Froidcoeur.

 

 


Full Side-Line Reviews text >>

Parralox - Subculture 50px SIDE-LINE REVIEW OF SUBCULTURE >> https://www.facebook.com/InfernoSoundDiaries/photos/a.1515526255393544.1073741826.1515526178726885/1912703745675791/?type=3&theater

Parralox – Subculture (CD Album – conzoom Records/Subterrane Records)

Genre/Influences: Electro-pop, dance-pop.

Background/Info: Parralox is a prolific band animated by the creative spirit of John von Ahlen. “Subculture” is the 8th full length of the band while they also released a few remixes-albums. “Subculture” features 2 different parts. You first get the ‘Red’ part, which is totally into dance-pop and next the ‘Blue’ part featuring more ‘traditional’ electro-pop. Each part has 7 songs. Notice by the way numerous guest singers contributed to this album.

Content: The ‘Red’ part moves on the edge of commercial music. It’s more into dance music instead of electro-pop. The songs are well-crafted and giving you a kind of ‘feel-good’ feeling. Especially the first cuts are totally dance-club minded while driven by sensual female vocals. Louise Love became a familiar singer of the band and contributed to several dance-cuts, but also to several electro-pop driven songs.

The ‘Blue’ part is more into the classical approach of Parralox. The songs mix good-old 80s influences together with a refreshing and more contemporary input. Several songs remind me of bands like Erasure and The Human League. I also noticed an interesting and somewhat nu-disco influence running throughout one of the cuts.

+ + + : Parralox feels comfortable experimenting with different pop-approaches. They already proved to make great covers (cf. “Holliday ‘15” and “Holliday ‘16”-albums), but are still into alluring dance-pop music and of course they remain a cool electro-pop band. I especially like the vintage approach of the work, which is nothing new although composed with brilliant sound treatments and a perfect balance in the vocals production. I definitely prefer the ‘Blue’-pop part of the album. This is the sound where Parralox stands for and where they excel on “Last Man standing”, “Voyager II” and “Rocket Silence II”. A last and essential aspect of the work is the already artistic uniformity of the artwork. Parralox created an easy recognizable artwork, which you directly link to the band.

- - - : Even if I have nothing to say about the production of the ‘Red’-dance side this part of the work sometimes reveal cheap dance tricks moving on the edge of commercial music. I think it would have been better to release it as a separate release or a bonus disc.

Conclusion: Parralox moves in between dance and pop music, but lost a bit of their splendor on the ‘dance’-side. They definitely remain an electro-pop formation and that’s what I enjoy when listening to their sound.

Best songs: “Last Man Standing feat. Peter Wilson”, “Voyager II feat. Louise Love”, “Rocket Science II”.

Rate: (7).

Band: www.parralox.com / www.facebook.com/parralox

Labels: www.conzoomrecords.de / www.facebook.com/conzoomofficial / www.subterrane.com.au / www.facebook.com/SubterraneRecords


 Parralox - Holiday 16 SIDE-LINE REVIEW OF HOLIDAY '16 >> https://www.facebook.com/InfernoSoundDiaries/photos/a.1515526255393544.1073741826.1515526178726885/1912700152342817/?type=3&theater

Parralox – Holiday ’16 (CD Album – conzoom Records/Subterrane Records)

Genre/Influences: Electro-pop.

Background/Info: Set and driven by John von Ahlen the Melbourner based Parralox became a familiar and recognized formation on the electro-pop horizon. After “Holiday ‘15” the band released a new opus on, which they bring an ode to some of their favorite bands. John Von Ahlen and Louise Love have accomplished 14 new covers from some legendary 80s tracks.

Content: Pet Shop Boys, Echo & the Bunnymen, William Higgins, Cicero, The Twins, Depeche Mode (2 songs), The Human League (5 songs), Sparks and Heaven 17 have been the sources of inspiration to release this work.

Parralox adapted the original versions into their own electro-pop approach, which is composed with mainly analogue gear and even the use of the famous Buchla modular synthesizer. John Von Ahlen and Louise Love both sing and sometimes as a duo. The band often reminds me of The Human League and I guess it’s not of a coincidence if this formation also appears to be one of their favorite ‘victims’.

+ + + : “Holiday ‘16” sounds hotter and more exciting than “Summer ‘15”. Working on covers of some legendary bands like the Human League, Depeche Mode, Echo & The Bunnymen and co is not an easy thing, but Parralox has the skills to transform most of the original versions into a very own and successful approach. “Flamboyant” from Pet Shop Boys became a great song, which even sounds a bit The Human League-like. The comparison with The Human League is nothing new although it has been never so true. “Louise” and “The Lebanon” both have been meticulously reworked. It all sounds like Parralox feels the true spirit of the original version to bring them to life in a refreshed version. The songs are characterized by great sound treatments and driven by talented singers. The song “Blasphemous Rumours” (Depeche Mode) is my absolute favorite. It reveals great sequences and a somewhat EBM-flavor while it remains faithful to the original spirit of the song.

- - - : A few songs are not as interesting and I think it’s all about making the right choice. “A Question Of Time” (Depeche Mode) and Zero As A Limit” (The Human League) are not that much worse, but just less credible.

Conclusion: Parralox has found a cool- although not a new concept to bring old standards back to life. It definitely indicates the main sources of inspiration and gives the opportunity to younger fans to discover old electro-pop anthems!

Best songs: “Blasphemous Rumours”, “Bring On The Dancing Horses”, “Heaven Must Have Sent You Back To Me”.

Rate: (7½).

Band: www.parralox.com / www.facebook.com/parralox

Labels: www.conzoomrecords.de / www.facebook.com/conzoomofficial / www.subterrane.com.au / www.facebook.com/SubterraneRecords

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