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Title: Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell - Dystopia (DiN56)
Post by: Parallel Worlds on August 05, 2018, 10:32:21 AM
Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell Dystopia DiN56

Release date 21st September 2018

Limited to 500 copies. Digipak CD format.
Bar code 5028423180562

The names of both Parallel Worlds and Dave Bessell should be very familiar by now to followers of the DiN ambient electronica label. Bakis Sirros (aka Parallel Worlds) has two solo albums, Obsessive Surrealism (DiN26), Shade (DiN32) as well as collaborations with DiN label boss Ian Boddy on Exit Strategy (DiN37) and most recently World Adapter (DiN48) with Self Oscillate (Ingo Zobel). Bessell on the other hand has a single solo album Black Horses Of The Sun (DiN47) as well as his contributions to the two synth supergroup Node releases (Node 2 (DiN44) & Node Live (DiN55)). Of course the duo have already collaborated before on their 2012 album, “Morphogenic” (DiN41) and “Dystopia” sees these two musicians continue their sonic dialogue.
Track titles such as “Cipher”, “Mutagen” and “Devoid” as well as the album title leaves one in no doubt that you are entering a dark and foreboding sound world. Indeed Bessell quotes the infamous novel “Neuromancer” by William Gibson as a major influence. Bakis Sirros as ever weaves his intricate modular rhythms that seem to squirm and writhe underneath vast slabs of analogue chords that rise and fall like cities. Indeed the album is very dynamic with complex, almost classical arrangements that constantly shift under ones feet. Amongst this Bessell introduces some fleeting guitar work as well as his adventurous analogue physical modelling sound design. Seeming to inhabit a netherworld between dark electronica and progressive synth these two musicians have once again created an album that just doesn’t sound like anyone else out there. Join them for a unique sonic adventure.

Soundcloud demo @ https://soundcloud.com/ianboddy/dystopia-demo-mix

01 Cipher   6:39
02 Filament   9:49   
03 Underclouds   6:55 
04 Into The Distance   8:48   
05 Forest Of Stars    8:54 
06 Mutagen   5:36   
07 Devoid   3:49   
08 Mycelium   10:01   
Total Time   60:45

Title: Re: Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell - Dystopia (DiN56)
Post by: petekelly on August 06, 2018, 10:45:45 AM
Listening to the demo - very accomplished, all round !
Title: Re: Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell - Dystopia (DiN56)
Post by: Parallel Worlds on August 06, 2018, 11:25:13 AM
Listening to the demo - very accomplished, all round !

glad you like it!

some words by Matrixsynth:

Just listened to https://tinyurl.com/ybgpupdj Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell's Dystopia (DiN56). Love it. If you like John Carpenter you will love this album. JC is classic, PW & DB's Dystopia sounds evolutionary. Superb mixing & mastering as well. Great music from start to finish.
Title: Re: Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell - Dystopia (DiN56)
Post by: Parallel Worlds on September 04, 2018, 11:28:13 AM
Great Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell - Dystopia (DiN56) album review by the Italian webmagazine The New Noise:


scroll down and its in Italian.

one more new great review, in German this time:


new Great review of Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell - Dystopia (DiN56) by Sylvain Lupari :

Title: Re: Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell - Dystopia (DiN56)
Post by: Parallel Worlds on September 13, 2018, 11:21:41 AM
Excited to announce that Dystopia (DiN56) by Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell is now available on the DiN Bandcamp store as CD / Download.


and a video for the track Devoid, from the album Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell - Dystopia (DiN56)


Video by mamonu

21st of September: Official release day for Dystopia (DiN56) by Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell. Available @ iTunes, Spotify, Amazon etc but it's always best to support the label & artists directly @ https://din.org.uk/album/dystopia-din56

Title: Re: Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell - Dystopia (DiN56)
Post by: Parallel Worlds on September 24, 2018, 10:58:01 AM
detailed review (in FACEBOOK) of Bakis Sirros and Dave Bessell about the instruments and working methods, that were used in the making of the Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell - Dystopia (DiN56) album:


scroll down and there is a post about Bakis Sirros and then a post about Dave Bessell.

info of the Dystopia (DiN56) album:

a nice feature on Synthtopia about Parallel Worlds and Dave Bessell, regarding the Dystopia (DiN56) album:

Title: Re: Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell - Dystopia (DiN56)
Post by: Parallel Worlds on November 02, 2018, 11:33:46 AM
new great review of Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell - Dystopia (DiN56), from the Dark Entries Belgian online music magazine:
http://www.darkentries.be/nl/recensies/parallel-worlds-dave-bessell-dystopia/  (rating 8 out of 10)    :)
new great review from Andy Gee (Inkeys) :

Synth music album on the ever consistent DiN label, and it's awesome.
The reason for this is because it's such a busy set of tracks.
Throughout the album's 8 tracks in just over an hour, the way the duo take layers of music across a myriad rhythms, melodies and atmospheres, to create a set of musical worlds where nothing ever stands still or repeats itself, yet at the same time, flows freely and strongly is nothing short of breathtaking. Although in the melodic/rhythmic vein, you're never really conscious of actual “tunes”, largely since the pieces all possess a certain twisting and turning quality, to which is added moods that range from the brooding spectre that is “Underclouds” to the almost symphonic qualities of “Cipher”.
The near 9 minute “Into The Distance” starts serenely enough with streams of cosmic bliss, echoes from another galaxy far away and the overall feel of deep space before slowly coalescing the approaching rhythm within its charms, still drifting but now with the engines running to give added strength and propulsion, as more sonic textures and layers are added, a bell-like melody rings out and suddenly the giant spacecraft is on its way to infinity, the whisper now a roar as the whole thing comes to life and you're in for a ride across space and time.
Just one example of the many musical worlds that await. The equally near 9 minute “Forest of Stars” begins angrily enough with menacing darkness to its electronic density before the mood eventually lightens and it's like coming out of the other side of a black hole, into a new world of light and rich in atmosphere, allowing you to breathe and take in the joys that surround, as electronic rhythms with the lightest touvh marry what sounds almost like a sustained guitar refrain against a backdrop of occasionally booming rhythmic splashes. All of a sudden, an electro-percussive sea of rhythms kicks in and takes the, now even more menacing track, into ever deeper territories, the fuzzed synth leads intertwining with the cosmic drift as rolling electronic/percussive rhythms propel it all....... to a complete stop......whereupon you then circle the sun in shining layers of fathomless space synths, underpinned by hinted rhythms, driven by electro-percussive backdrops and eventually falling into the sun to be lost forever.
“Mutagen” is a quite lively, explosive piece, as with all the tracks on this album, full to the brim with electronic layers and textures, this time with a sea of more undulating rhythms, in themselves, many and varied, as new melodic layers are added and the whole thing becomes this giant example of synth music exploration on a galactic scale.
Sometimes it hints of the Classic intros to Tangerine Dream epics, most notably the opening track, but overall, this is synth msuic that breaks the mould in that it's somehow familiar, hugely busy, incredibly accessible, yet has so much going on within its structure, you'll find yourself returning to it, play after play after play – as refreshing as a summer's day and as adventurous as a trip to Mars, this is riveting from start to finish.


new great review of Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell - Dystopia (DiN56) cd album, by Artemi Pugachov (Encyclopedia of Electronic Music) :


new great review of Dystopia from Bert Strolenberg (www.sonicimmersion.org) : Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell – Dystopia

CD/Digital Download, DiN, 2018

The title of the duos second distance collaboration already suggests dark electronics -a style Bakis Sirros (aka Parallel Worlds) and Dave Bessell both appreciate a lot- and that’s what the listeners can expect here. As their debut “Morphogenic” already proved, Bakis has quite an intuitive approach to writing his music, giving Dave the opportunity to add some traditional classical skills to that. The original idea (a tribute to gothic novel writer HP Lovecraft) to have a definite theme which ran all the way through “Dystopia” didn't really work as both musicians quite soon felt restricted in what they were trying to write so very quickly they abandoned that and let the music guide them instead. The latter process saw Bakis playing his Buchla, Serge, and, (mostly) his big Eurorack modular -which is now his 'to go' synth- while Dave applied his analogue synths and e-guitar for special guitar soundscapes. The mood and feel on the eight track/60-minute result is one of a darkening future as well as a certain sense of remorse dripping through the crispy yet organic sounds, textures and melodic lines. Haunting, intriguing and gothic also apply to the duos work full of fat but mellow vintage sonic creations and sequences, adding a level of gloominess and surrealism as well as an abstract-industrial edge to the sound of ARC (if one wants a kind of comparison). Can’t deny I’d love to see these creative spirits perform their stuff live somehow, sometime....   (rating 3.5 stars, out of 5)

Bert Strolenberg/SonicimmersioN   -September 2, 2018-

new nice review of Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell - Dystopia (DiN56) album from Igloo magazine:



another great review from Side-Line Magazine:


(rating 8 out of 10)