Parallelle’s “A Day In Asia Pacific”: A Musical Odyssey Through Cultures

    French-born, Amsterdam-based electronic duo Parallelle. Their latest project, “A Day In Asia Pacific,” is more than just an album; it’s a cultural expedition that brings the diverse sounds of the Asia Pacific region right to your ears.

    After the success of their earlier releases, “A Day In Essaouira” and “Real de Catorce,” Parallelle has expanded their horizons, both geographically and musically. The “Asia Pacific” edition is a celebration of the rich tapestry of sounds from Fiji, Java, Osaka, Bengaluru, and Bangkok. Each track on the album is a melodic exploration of these locations, featuring a delightful mix of genres like House, Minimal, Techno, and Breaks.

    What sets this album apart is the depth of its cultural integration. Parallelle doesn’t just use traditional instruments and sounds; they immerse themselves in the culture of each location. Their journey starts in Fiji with a traditional Kava Ceremony in Navala Village, followed by a musical jam with the Sabeto Choir. The rich flora and cultural heritage of Java then beckon, with the duo learning to play the Gamelan, a testament to the warm hospitality of the Indonesian people.

    In Osaka, Parallelle captures the essence of Japan, from the serene Minoo Park to the bustling city center, collaborating with TRA Innovation. Bengaluru offers an enlightening experience with South Indian Carnatic music, featuring Nadaswaram, Thavil, and insights into Yakshagana dancers. The journey concludes in Bangkok, where they dive into Thai culture, from a music school visit to Thai Boxing, culminating in a collaboration with the Thai artist duo Nisatiwa.

    Each track in the album is not just music; it’s a story. These stories are beautifully documented, showcasing Parallelle’s travels and interactions. This approach brings authenticity to their music, allowing listeners to close their eyes and vividly experience the Asia Pacific through a fusion of sounds and energy.

    Parallelle’s “A Day In Asia Pacific” is more than an album; it’s a bridge connecting different cultures through music. It’s an invitation to explore the world through sound, a journey that promises to be as enlightening as it is entertaining. If you’re looking to experience the essence of the Asia Pacific in a new light, this album is your ticket.


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