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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.

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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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Subculture reviewed on DepecheMode.de

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German Blog DepecheMode.de have reviewed both of the new Parralox albums, "Subculture" and "Holiday '16" and given them both a most excellent 7/10 rating.

Fire up Google Translate and read this fantastic review! Special thanks to Addison :)

Click here to read the article on Depechemode.de >> https://www.depechemode.de/der-review-weihnachtskalender-tuerchen22-parralox-subculture-holiday-48273/

Subculture is out now on Energise Records >> http://www.parralox.com/discography/albums/subculture

Click below to listen to a preview of our new album "Subculture"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgrqQUd9ElU

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Subculture in BEST Albums for 2016 on Electrozombies

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Electrozombies, a synth/electropop zine based in Germany have compiled their BEST Albums for 2016.

Our new album "Subculture" has been included and is #15!

Click here to read the article >> http://electrozombies.com/best-albums-2016/

Subculture is out now on Energise / Conzoom Records >> http://www.parralox.com/discography/albums/subculture

Special thanks to Thomas & Vera.

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Poptastic Confessions reviews Subculture

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Poptastic Confessions have reviewed the new Parralox album "Subculture"

In a detailed, track by track review, Poptastic Confessions gives it's feedback on each track of the album, and includes the cover artwork for each track, which is a nice touch!

Special thanks to Dave Higdon for the article.

Click here to read the article >> http://poptasticconfessions.blogspot.com/2017/02/subculture-by-parralox.html

You can also preview the entire album on YouTube by watching the video below >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgrqQUd9ElU

NB : Here's a screen grab of the article: (although you really should click the link above!)

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Parralox in Top 50 Bestseller Charts Germany

Parralox - holiday16 at number 8 and subculture at number 15 on bestseller Top 50 at Poponaut

Parralox are in the Top 50 Bestseller charts at Poponaut!

Poponaut are a German based webstore that specialise in Vinyl and CD. Parralox have not one, but TWO CDs in the Top 50 Bestseller list. Subculture, which is our latest studio album, and Holiday '16 which is our annual covers album. Current positions for January 23, 2017 are:

#8 - Holiday '16 (up from #9 last week).
#15 - Subculture (up from #20 last week).

Special thanks to Stolle Schröder.

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