Parallax Project | Oblivious

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Oblivious

by Parallax Project

Eclectic alternative rock that runs the gamut from Mod/Punk to Chamber pop. Features members of Cherry Twister, The Kennedys, and The Neighborhoods.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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1. Just Like Yesterday
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2. Take A Walk
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3. To The Moon
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4. When I Die
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5. Sometimes
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6. Advantage
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7. City Rain
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8. Step Right Up
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9. Another Perfect Circle
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10. Definitely Maybe
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11. (If It's) All The Same To You
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12. Where You Been
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13. Throw It All Away
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
THIS CD IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT IN HARD COPIES. IT IS AVAILABLE VIA DOWNLOAD FROM THE I-TUNES MUSIC STORE.

Parallax: (par-uh-laks) n. An apparent change in the direction of an object, caused by a change in observational position that provides a new line of sight.

Parallax Project is a band; let's establish that first and foremost. Not a band in the traditional sense (dig that definition) but still, an association of musicians that, for lack of a better word, should be called a band. The nucleus of this atom is Michael Giblin. If you're into obscure independent pop music, then you may have heard of him, but probably not. As a bassist, he's played on a bunch of albums for a number of "should have been famous" bands and artists, including Cherry Twister, Steve Ward, and Jeffrey Gaines. Parallax Project is, however, a horse of a different color.

Oblivious, the debut, was originally conceived as a solo effort, and contains 13 songs that touch on many of the varied facets of Michael's meandering career. He quickly determined, however, that a "solo album" was something he had neither the desire nor the skill to realize. As a result, the concept of Parallax Project was developed to be a loose collection of musicians, centered around the songs and voice of one of the pop underground's most respected "second fiddles."

The music itself is eclectic, yet rooted in the melodic, arrangement -driven pop that has helped make so many worthy artists nearly famous. The record's musical styles move from Who-like blasts of mod-pop, through the intricate jangle of a Byrdsian 12-string, all the way to the pastoral roots-pop of The Band. Sprinkled throughout are delicate harmonies and keen observations on lives that are colliding, expanding, and falling apart, with the unifying elements being Michael's inviting voice and his distinctive perspective as a songwriter.

And then there are the muscians, because, after all, Parallax Project is more than just one guy. Running the gamut from legendary cult figures to bold new talents, the shifting collective of artists who contributed to Oblivious amounts to a staggering and incredibly deep pool of talent. Visit the Meet the Project page to learn more about each artist, what they brought to the party, and to see and hear more of their own work.

And so Parallax Project lurches into motion. There will be other releases. There will be constantly shifting configurations of artists. Will it make a difference in the world? Probably not. Will it make a difference in YOUR life? We hope so and look forward to hearing about it. Drop by the Contact page and let us know what you think.


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Richard M. Wolff

Listener friendly melodic pop songs
You can not help but love a band that names its first album after a song by Aztec Camera. Not that you can really hear the influence, except perhaps in trying to write listener friendly melodic pop songs. Pop is not a negative term. The best pop songs are the ones you listen to once and find yourself humming to. Try to get them out of your head and find that you just can not do it.
Together with Steve Ward Michael Giblin made a classic Power Pop record, at home with Cherry Twister. Steve Ward went on to make solo albums. Michael went on to form a group Parallax Project. Steve’s records are also well worth looking out for. While Steve has a more reflective introvert sound, Michael has the more outward going songs that invite the listeners in to enjoy the sound. One small quibble: no Theremin included.

Onno / Commuse

Would like to hear this on the radio...
Just listened to 2 audio clips of the Parallax Oblivious album: Just Like Yesterday & Take A Walk. hey, no doubt... I would like to hear this tasty modpop on the radio! So radio-DJ's out there reading this, do not hesitate to contact these guys to get a promo-CD... cos if you play Parallax, you might just please your radio-listeners

Fresh Tuneage

Fun Album
This one is a bit of a mixed bag. The songs on this debut album by The Parallax Project that work the best are the Beatles-esque numbers like Just Like Yesterday and Take A Walk. The songs that don't work as well are the sensitive singer/songwriter-type songs. Then again, I like When I Die so what do I know? Well, I know that this album hits more than it misses so The Parallax Project makes it onto my "Bands to Keep an Eye On" list.

Josh

Nice, mellow pop music.
In terms of pop music, Parallax Project falls into the same category of goodness as the Salteens. The lyrics are well written and clever, the cd is a little more mellow than I had expected it to be, this is not a bad thing though since it differentiates Parallax Project from other pop bands. Worth the purchase.