Published Feb 05, 2009Because being the drummer for Crystal Castles likely requires some R&R, for the last couple years Toronto's Cameron Findlay has been doing his own thing on the side. Titled Parallels, Findlay is joined by chanteuse Holly Dodson (who has her own dreamy solo project worth checking out, if you like unicorn folklore and fantasy pop) for a partnership that falls somewhere between the static-drenched, bleepity electro of Crystal Castles and the breezy Italo goodness of Glass Candy. Okay, that's a pretty weak comparison but the spirits of Giorgio Moroder and Alexander Robotnick surely act like ghosts in this oscillating machine. Also featuring Darien of Italian horror-worshipping Tuxedo Mask on live synths, so far Parallels have released three EPs, all of which you can find on iTunes or Amazon's e-shop. "Ultralight" and "Magnetics" are the title tracks of their EPs that harness robotic personalities via a reliance on vocoders, vintage synthesizers and drum machines without any sense of irony or pretension, believe it or not.
If you're in Toronto, you can catch them performing with Erol Alkan's latest discovery, the much blogged about Fan Death, this Friday (February 6) at Sneaky Dee's (431 College Street at Bathurst).