Ακούσαμε το άλμπουμ των Γερμανών PARA LIA με τίτλο “Gone with the Flow”
From neighboring Germany comes this very interesting indie rock band named after the Greek word for the beach, Para Lia! Gone with the Flow is their second album and it surely rocks good with a variety of influences deriving from the darker guitar driven rock songs of Arcade Fire and The Cure down to the more punk/heavy tunes of Dinosaur Jr. and The Pixies!
Gone with the Flow is a really enjoyable work where the spotlight is on the certain guitar sound the band has created and at the double vocal lines of Rene and Cindy. So we got here both male and female vocals in a beautiful dialogue.
Para Lia’s work also flirts with being “art rock”. Enhanced by the visual conceptions of the American painter Louis Renzoni which appear on both the album’s cover artwork and the internet exhibition of his paintings accompanied by Para Lia’s music!
Nevertheless, Gone with the Flow also features many radio friendly songs like for example the latest single Fade to Grey, a melancholic, dark erotic song that although being guitar driven (as pretty much most of Para Lia’s music) it is deeply melancholic. The accompanying video captured nearby the river Elbe was absolutely suitable for the song’s atmosphere and so Fade to Grey is for sure a highlight of the album.
Also, My Muse which is a single of the album features the 90’s innocence of the golden alternative rock period and in particular of the American side of the alternative rock and bands like Pavement, Sonic Youth, but also Neil Young himself!
In terms of production the album is also doing really well. The guitar orientation of most of the songs is highlighted just like the double vocal lines. It sounds really cool the way both vocals actually compliment one another.
Riders on the Dike and Kassandra are 2 more exceptional songs that create many feelings while listening to them, but I’d like to stay a while on the album’s last song No Time for Butterflies that in a way compliments the heritage Neil Young has created uniting the 60’s psychedelic rock/pop with the 90’s alternative/indie music. I think Para Lia have done a little magic with this one.
The album is released on vinyl edition too, which is very good news of course for the fans of wax and the die-hards. But in any case Gone with the Flow is a really very good album. It is an album carefully planned and structured, with remarkable songwriting and it is very enjoyable all the way. I believe Para Lia have the potential for really big things. We will wait and see. For the time being Gone with the Flow is an album that you don’t want to pass. Check it out now!
Para Lia – Fade To Grey
Para Lia – My Muse (radio edit)