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 by: Hayley Stewart

by: Hayley Stewart

 
 

“Undoubtedly one of Canada’s finest SynthPop exports”  - Electronic Rumours, UK

Conjuring classic pop sentiments of neon nights, Parallels is a synth-pop project led by songwriter, producer and front-woman Holly Dodson. NME described Dodson’s vocals as "A young Madonna meet’s modern electro”. Parallels can be heard in the soundtrack of 2013 Oscar winning short-film “Curfew” and most recently, featured in collaboration with UK artist Futurecop! on their upcoming 2019 album. On stage, Holly is joined by her brother, Nick Dodson on drums and keyboardist Oliver Blair on synths. Parallels recently returned from an exclusive 6-date USA tour with UK synthwave artist NINA.

The title track off of "Metropolis" has been featured as "Song Of The Week" on CBC Radio 1’s Here & Now. In 2017, Parallels headlined a SOLD-OUT show at the Royal Ontario Museum, for their series “Friday Night Live”.

‘Ever since bingeing on Stranger Things, we’ve been craving all things ‘80s. This means that PARALLELS are right on time with their synth-infused album Metropolis. The disc’s 12 tracks touch on themes from love to wanderlust and would make Winona Ryder proud.’ 

- FASHION Magazine, Canada


PARALLELS has toured extensively covering thousands of miles bringing their collection of vintage synthesizers and lively HI-NRG rhythms from Toronto to LA, Moscow to Miami, New York to San Francisco and everywhere in between. After a whirlwind 36-date North American tour in 2013, PARALLELS was chosen by NXNE as one of the top 15 Alternative Artists to see at the annual festival in Toronto. The band has also been an electric presence at CMJ, CMW and El Paso’s Neon Desert Music Festival, and has shared billing with internationally-acclaimed artists such as Florence + the Machine, Timecop1983, Futurecop!, A-Trak, Glass Candy, The Juan Maclean and Broken Social Scene. 

Their second album, XII, was manifested over the winter months of 2011, during late nights at Marigold Studios in Toronto. Subsequently, XII, was released in June 2012 independently through Marigold Productions, and shortly there after, reached #5 on Earshot’s National Electronic Charts in Canada. The album is a collection of moonlit radiance and sparkling pop, songs that “coo and shimmer with an indoor sunnyness, with the color of iridescent and strobe lights.” (Daytrotter, 2012).