If a band sings from the heart and write about material they believe, then Parallax Skies’ ‘Pages from Ceefax’ EP is the typical Doves-inspired material you might expect to hear from Stockton’s newest indie export.
Personally, I confess to having never been much of an indie fan, but the shoegazing-tinged bridge and Joy Division-esque vocals have me wondering.
Parallax Skies attempt to look at the futility of life and the quest to become a famous musician, drawing on the juxtaposition. It’s an interesting subtext, looking at what’s real as opposed to glamorised – something which, in itself, defines the movement.
Andy Brown commands a strong vocal presence – it’s sombre and clear and it’s almost reminiscent of a pastor I knew from church. There might not be infallibility to their performance, but there is definitely a spiritual sense of awakening; their music burns slowly with you and remains after the fact. If you’re the kind of person who adored indie but is now sick of the sound, I would still encourage you to give this record a spin, as its quiet tones and haunting melodies may just draw you back to a happier time. Irony defined.
To listen to the debut EP from Teesside band Parallax Skies head to soundcloud.com/parallaxskies/sets/pages-from-ceefax-ep right now. And to keep up-to-date with the band, including finding out more about their touring schedule and upcoming releases, head to Facebook.com/parallaxskies.