Shade by Parallel Worlds
Limited to 1,000 copies
Shade is the studio album follow-up to Obsessive Surrealism (DiN26 - 2007) and is the fifth CD release by Parallel Worlds (the main musical project of Greek electronic musician Bakis Sirros).
Parallel Worlds employ a vast arsenal of both vintage and modern analogue modular synthesisers with extensive use of classic sequencing techniques to produce a sonic world that combines modern electronica and ambient music styles with the feel of retro electronic music. His attention to detail is astonishing and his careful sculpting of sounds and textures produce an organic, ever evolving atmosphere full of half glimpsed meanings and subdued emotions. The purely electronic rhythms and beats seem to have a life of their own and showcase a musician who is a virtuoso with these types of instruments that are the antithesis of the quick fix pick-a-preset mind set of much of todays society. Musically he likes to explore various states of mind, no doubt influenced by his medical background and this adds a tension and darkness to his compositions that are punctuated by disarmingly simple and wistful melodies.
With Shade Parallel Worlds show a musical maturity and command of sonic atmospherics that takes the music on a journey, moving through dreams and shades, aiming for the light.
01: Frightening Frontiers (05:42) Play Excerpt
02: Entities (06:30)
03: A Moment Frozen (02:16)
04: Mutating Realities (10:32) Play Excerpt
05: Compulsive Mechanics (05:38)
06: Not Being Mirrored (08:25)
07: Shade (06:02) Play Excerpt
08: Urgency (08:25) Play Excerpt
09: Towards (05:09)
10: Ungreat Certainty (03:48) Play Excerpt
Total Time: 62:45
Shade has garnered much praise in the press and media - here are some selected quotes and observations.
Alio Die (www.aliodie.com): "Great electronic music, your peculiar liquid rhythms and unique analogue sounds, are so meticulously assorted together... your dreamy cocktail of vitality, organic with a slight subtle nostalgia, have no comparison with others.. it is your personal style, and I like it ! You have a strong passion, and a great ability, I hope you'll get the acknowledgment you deserve".
www.dagheisha.com Italian webmag: "...Both 'Obsessive Surrealism' and 'Shade' are two shades of surrealism electronic Parallel Worlds and the only certainty is that Bakis Sirros remains one of the most farsighted of the alternative electronic scene."
Bob Williams / Analogue Systems (www.analoguesystems.com): "With his latest offering Shade, Bakis has released his best work so far..."
www.Gothtronic.com webmag: "...Bakis Sirros managed to invoke a dreamlike and dark romantic atmosphere resulting in a timeless musical world which for a listener it is nice to dwell in. Analogue rhythms and sequences melt with modern electronics and ambient music which gives the music a nostalgic and at the same time modern sound which is a unique quality of the music of Parallel Worlds...." rating 8 out of 10.
"Shade is certainly the most accomplished work by Parallel Worlds so far, with great choice of sounds and a claustrophobic, shadowy atmosphere....This album is highly recommended for fans of modern Electronic Music." Artemi Pugachov / Encyclopedia Of Electronic Music
Morpheus music site: (rating 5 / 5) "...The maturity of form and thematic content is strongly evident as Parallel Worlds continue their inevitable upward journey into the electronic halls of fame. This album has been well chosen to appeal to the growing army of DiN fans. It is perhaps one of the label's more readily accessible products with plenty going on to hold the attention and a rich sonic chiaroscuro effect providing plenty of emotive ambience. If you enjoy brooding, dynamic electronica crawling with atmosphere - then this is a strong contender."
Reflections Of Darkness webmag: (rating 8.5 / 10) "...Carefully crafted atmospheres and rhythms is what you'll get on 'Shade' while especially the atmospheres are outstanding pieces of work. Even though the project's released already 5 albums including this one, this was the first time I ever heard its name but I'm sure to keep an eye on PARALLEL WORLDS from now on and you should as well."
USA 'Electronic Musician' Magazine, May 2009 Issue: Purely electronic, glorpy textures combined with seductive sequencing make this disc from Greek composer Bakis Sirros a real winner.
German CUE-MIX web magazine: "...'Shade' is a brilliant album - tracks like 'Mutating Realities' or 'Urgency', just to name two of my favourites, owns such a deep atmosphere I never heard before. Bakis owns two roles - a brilliant musician and a genius storyteller - by using such wonderful sounds. Shade will be one of the most essential electronic albums 2009 - that's for sure!"
Side-Line magazine: "...This is the kind of album that sets old-standards in a bad spotlight while revealing a refreshing new path. It doesn't really matters how to define Parallel Worlds, but their work here simply deserves a wide recognition!"
Dieter Doepfer of Doepfer Musikelektronik: "...Definitely a masterpiece of modern electronic music..."
Review from electroambientspace webmag: "...The title track is exceptional, as is the dramatic piano-tinged 'Towards', both playing like newly discovered pieces from industrial Berlin school masters Node. Sirros has finely honed his craft, fully coming into his own with this album."
Review from Sound Proector website: "Shade to my pure personal opinion, can already be considered one of the best albums of 2009. There is few such incredible, tangible music nowadays, one must literally "separate the wheat from the chaff". Here is no run-of-the-mill track, each composition is a piece of mosaics, if you gather it you will get a perfect picture."
'Heathen Harvest' Web Magazine: "This is the kind of music -or art, for the matter-, that really shakes you inside, transforming your intimate fibres and relocating the plane of your unconscious, leaving you speechless and emotionally touched. So aside from being an excellent demonstration of IDM and modern electronica, or aside to be an exemplar on how to re-rubberize the qualities of "old" or "outdated" sonorities from synths and analogue equipment and to relocate the genre as something far new starting from old principles, Parallel world's 'Shade' constitutes a great achievement again in what respects to aural influence over the mood, thoughts and acts from the listener. A work that just not opens sonic universes of ignote mystery and deep questions beneath its audience, but also raises high remarks about the technical ability from its author, showing him as some sort of new guru in the scene of dark ambient IDM. Highly recommended!"