Parralox – Genesis

The creation of a new fantastic Electropop album

Parralox - Genesis

Album facts

Release Date: November 29th 2019
Label: Conzoom Records
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Partially sounds like: Pet Shop Boys, Erasure

It almost feels like an etern­ity. 3 years after the last stu­dio album 'Subculture', the Australian Electropop band Parralox presents their new work 'Genesis'. With 15 new songs the album is really packed.

Besides John's fant­ast­ic vocals the usu­al sus­pects Johanna Gervin and Louise Love as well as act­ress and sing­er Jane Badler join in. The lat­ter should be known to most sci-fi fans from the 80s series 'V', which played the main char­ac­ter 'Diana'. Furthermore, the ex key­boarder Ian Burden of 'The Human League' is also involved.

Amazing Electropop from the beginning

The open­er 'Tears Of Faith (Feat. Jane Badler)' is a catchy Electropop song that stays in your ear with the repet­it­ive chor­us "Amazing love, amaz­ing love, …". The clear and soft voice of Jane Badler fits seam­lessly into the typ­ic­al Parralox sound. This is an excel­lent choice for a guest singer.

With an 80's "Oh-way-oh-way-oh" (Similar like in the song 'All Over The World' by 'Pet Shop Boys') the track 'System Of Pleasure' tunes in includ­ing a clas­sic hand­clap sample. Paired with quite mod­ern sounds there is a strange retro-mod­ern atmo­sphere. The song may be struc­tur­ally simple, but it has everything that makes a suc­cess­ful radio hit. The vocals are crys­tal clear and have a wide dynam­ic range.

The begin­ning of 'Robots Of The World Unite' is already strongly based on 80s Italo Disco. The vocals in the verses have a cool robot vocoder effect and sound very crisp due to the short lines. As soon as you get to the chor­us, the acous­tic stage changes into a glow­ing rain­bow of glit­ter with the typ­ic­al sound that 'Modern Talking' in the 80s would not have done bet­ter. The sound effects and synths in the bridge is remin­is­cent of sci-fi clas­sics like 'Logan's Run'. So the mix is damn excit­ing in this song. Thumbs up for this incred­ibly good song.

Colourful, catchy and playful

With good tempo and pos­it­ive vibes, the song 'Revelation' has a lot of love to give. The song is enter­tain­ing and def­in­itely has the right qual­it­ies for a Single release. Colourful, catchy and play­ful are the terms that describe the song best. Yes, the song is basic­ally like a care­free sum­mer day where everything is perfect.

Mysterious sounds intro­duce the song 'Nemesis' before drum sounds like from a 90s Acid/Techno track (greet­ings to Marusha) drives rhythm into the song. Cool robot voices with indus­tri­al and mech­an­ic­al sound­ing samples cre­ate a won­der­ful sci-fi feel­ing. In con­trast, there is a fant­ast­ic­ally soft and organ­ic sound­ing melody in the chor­us, with lyr­ics that melt the hearts.

The flesh and blood that I provide
Should oscil­late and satisfy
Lyrics from 'Nemesis' by Parralox

'Under The Skin' has inher­ited a few per­cent of the sound genes from Pet Shop Boys clas­sic 'Heart' in the intro, but at a more mod­er­ate speed. At least that's how I asso­ci­ate it, if you dis­agree, just write it in the com­ments below. Lousie Love sings the song with a very erot­ic cha­risma. Almost teas­ing and breathy, the verses are trans­por­ted into the ear canal via the loud­speak­ers. The com­plete song radi­ates a pleas­ant and relaxed atmosphere.

Parralox - Genesis (Publicity Shot 2019)
Parralox – Genesis (Publicity Shot 2019)

Some darker tunes

The song 'The Future' is my per­son­al favour­ite song on the album 'Genesis'. A nice clear short beat with heav­enly sound­ing melod­ies and har­mon­ies. The song is spiced up by the spec­tac­u­lar sci-fi sound effects, synths and samples. I think it's won­der­ful that 'The Future' is a bit gloom­i­er com­pared to the oth­er songs. This gives the album anoth­er vari­ation in the son­ic experience.

With a slightly exhil­ar­at­ing beat 'Genesis' con­tin­ues with the song 'Resurrection'. High float­ing, almost sop­rano, the vocals are remin­is­cent of disco clas­sics from the 70s, such as 'Heart Of Glass' by 'Blondie' or 'You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)' by 'Sylvester'. Lyrically it's obvi­ously about the most beau­ti­ful minor mat­ter in the world. Also appeal­ing is the rich­ness of ton­al vari­ations, as well as the dynam­ic range in the song.

Personally, I just like the bleak songs bet­ter. But they are quite sparse on the album 'Genesis'. All the more pleas­ing for me is the song 'Hurricane', which injects a small syr­inge full of black ink into the whole work. The tempo is in the lower mid-tempo range and lets you come down won­der­fully at the end. I also like the woven in 'Depeche Mode' ref­er­ence: "The sun and the rain­fall", which appears in the first verse. At least I can ima­gine that it should be a ref­er­ence because John von Ahlen is also a big 'Depeche Mode' fan.

I should have known it from the start
A storm has come to take my heart
Lyrics from 'Hurricane' by Parralox

The revelation

I am fully con­vinced by the album 'Genesis' by 'Parralox' and can recom­mend it to every Electropop fan. The album offers a lot of mood altern­a­tion and is incred­ibly var­ied in sound. Personally I would wish there were more mel­an­chol­ic songs from Parralox because the few that exist have a won­der­ful depth. And espe­cially John's vocals are pre­destined for that.

By the way, this album also made it into our art­icle ‘The best Synth Pop and genre-related albums 2019‘. Read now.

Track By Track Rating

Parralox - Genesis
Parralox – Genesis
Tears Of Faith (Feat Jane Badler)
Goodbye Berlin
System Of Pleasure
Robots Of The World Unite
Sueño Latino
Cadenas de Oro (Feat Ian Burden)
Under the Skin
Über Ding
The Future
Robots Of The World Unite
The Future
(Nothing to report here)
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