[Reviewed by stark]
The moods generated by Parallelism indeed shimmer brightly like stars over the Atlantic during a cloudless night. I haven’t heard anything from this project before, nor from the other of Sage Taylor’s monikers. Seems like a lot of catching up, as this guy shows a very decent skill in creating soothing atmospheres.
There are twelve tracks on the album, some of them bearing very intriguing titles, like “00769 Picograms” or “dB”. So I’m not quite sure if there’s a particular concept behind “Angular Geometry”, especially that the tracks differ a lot from one another, but to be honest it’s not that important. Parallelism presents this specific variety of ambient music which isn’t dark nor “light”, so to speak. Which is like a dream you forget immediately after waking up and just a shred remains; single freeze frames, vivid, but as if taken out from a bigger, mysterious whole, hence even more intriguing. Sage uses a whole range of tricks to achieve the effect he figured out in his mind. For example “Warehouse At Dusk” reminds me of Opium, Teo Zini’s project, which alums released by Silentes and Hic Sunt Leones were very important to me in a certain period of my life. While the glitches counterpointing the oneiric drones in “Naturally” make me think of Ben Babbit’s soundtrack for the videogame “Kentucky Route Zero”, especially this extraordinary track, “Ghosts In The Static”.
In “Interference Pattern” something like guitar sounds appear, possibly synthetically generated, but that doesn’t matter – they’re quickly covered by underwater drones and subtle glitches. Electric discharges try to break the serenity of “Piezo”, a simple in terms of structure, but truly sublime track, probably my favourite on the album. And when it comes to the mentioned before “00769 Picograms” things didn’t become more clear – this one is pretty dark and cosmic, but at the same time rather ascetic and allowing silence to play an important role.
Some of the compositions have a certain dub feeling, often subtle, hidden under the drone surface and the rhythm parts – if present – are still based on microsounds and clicks like in “Cerulean” or “Eclipse”. It adds to the dynamism, but doesn’t dominate over the soundscapes flowing down the stream.
It’s a long one, lasting almost eighty minutes, but it finds a perfect balance between being non-intrusive, so you can listen to it and not feel tired, and being varied and nicely crafted, making it impossible to ignore and blend with the environment. A good offering from the Shimmering Moods label.