What does it sound like?:
In///Parallel is a collection of ten beautiful, meditative, mystical pieces. The sound palette consists of guitars, sitars, strings, electronica, industrial noises and unusual percussion. Surprisingly, the combination of acoustic instruments and synthetic sounds perfectly natural. There are Indian drone-like passages, plenty of grooves, club-ready techno pulses, some call-and-response vocals and some chants, but not a great deal of melody. It is hypnotic music that is very much to be enjoyed in the present but doesn’t stay with you once it has finished.
The lyrics are not all introspective. A lot of them are rooted in events around the world. Summertime Police concerns the militarisation of law enforcement. Poseidon (Keep Me Safe) is living under the threat of a nuclear war, or an invasion from space, one of the two. #WaronFake was written two years ago but captures the media battle going on in America today. All About Waiting is disconnected from society whilst being bombarded with information. A general theme is that we should take a technology holiday to reconnect with ourselves and Mother Nature. It’s hard to disagree.
The man who is responsible for In///Parallel is 38 years old and has been working in the music business for over ten years, writing film soundtracks and as part of a collective called Thenewno2. This is his solo debut. The fact that his father was a certain gentleman called George should be neither here nor there. But, it is. At times, his voice is identical and the Asian flavours are a bit too reminiscent of his father’s work. However, if this music sounds like anyone, it isn’t The Beatles so much, more Pink Floyd or Peter Gabriel. In fact, there are moments it could do with a Beatle’s way with a tune.
It may be too polite and well brought up for its own good but In///Parallel is a pleasant, thought-provoking listen.
What does it all *mean*?
Whatever you feel about his music, Dhani appears balanced and comfortable in his own skin. I bet his dad would be proud.
Goes well with…
Time to think.
Might suit people who like…
Not jumping to conclusions.