Parallelism follows up his self-titled 2015 release with Angular Geometry. This CD on Shimmering Moods is ambient drone full of rich synthesizer and muffled field recordings. The album begins subtly, with barely perceptible tones and murky tape hiss like Kevin Drumm at his quietest. But beneath the surface there are some lovely melodies and even some glitchy rhythms.
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Here’s another Shimmering Moods card-dressed CD, and with it comes your bi-monthly dose of heavenly chord swells and bristling field recordings. They’ve become renowned in our office for their lo-fi packaging, featuring photos that were definitely taken from the low-res part of google images, and their dedication to the shimmer at all costs.
Parallelism is the musical gubbins of Sage Taylor, who you may know for various ambient excursions both beatful and beatless. He’s already had a couple of things on SM, one under this moniker and one under his own name, but this is the one that stands out for sure. I was beginning to question the musical diversity of the SM label, especially when the floaty dream pads of the first track from Angular Geometry enter the earspace, but those quiet contact mic recordings grow in volume and complexity to become some very interestingly designed sounds indeed. There’s some real electroacoustic clunk going on behind the discernible melody tones, evoking some altered interpretation of the natural world, lush and sweeping but ultimately alien. At times you can hear the grainy stretching of noises being torn by digital processes, yet sitting atop some Eno-influenced airy chords; a computer chip laid on top of a leaf. If that doesn’t sum this up, nothing will.
So yes, those who have been hesitant, it’s about time you pricked your ears to some Shimmering Moods. Let’s hope they continue down this path of intriguing sounds.
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