Earworm Delicacies: Inside Look at Composition Fantastic

Parallelephant's Composition Fantastic, courtesy of Parallelephants' Facebook page.

For those of you that remember the Hippie Sabotage event, you probably remember the funky fresh band that opened for them. That band is none other than Parallelephants.

We first came across Parallelephants during our Sol Fest auditions. It was no surprise their awesome tunes brought in a huge crowd the day of Rowdy Radio's 10 hour concert. It was also great seeing them perform at Live at the Lawn.

Their performance brought in a huge crowd of UTSA students that night. Their music started with a light energetic flow that led up to the big hype with Hippie Sabotage. But this isn't just about the band's great performance.

Parallelephants is FINALLY releasing their first full length album and it is everything I expected it to be. The album is named Composition Fantastic and the album art invokes the style of San Antonio. It consists of 10 tracks, the track list is as follows:

  1. Hacksaw
  2. Online Baptism
  3. Debut
  4. Milky Seclusion
  5. Tired of Talking
  6. Some of Someone
  7. Silky Genes
  8. Tracing Starfish
  9. Stained Glass Painter
  10. Nasty Fantastic

For those that have seen Parallelephants perform before you will possibly recognize the tracks "Hacksaw", "Online Baptism", "Debut", "Tired of Talking", and "Tracing Starfish". Those are the tracks I can remember hearing them perform live and I like them all. But, my top 3 favorites are "Tracing Starfish" followed by "Hacksaw" and "Debut".

"Hacksaw" opens up the album with an inviting tune, easy enough for a chill session in your room and groovy enough for immediate dancing. "Online Baptism" follows up the opening track. This song's music video is what introduced me to Parallelephants in the first place. As simple as it is, the music video is open to interpretation. The music video version, in contrast to the album version, sounds rough. It's not a bad thing, because it shows the energy Parallelephants puts into their music. The album version sounds a lot more polished and makes each distinct sound clearer to the listener.

"Debut", "Tired of Talking", and "Silky Genes" received the same treatment. So it just makes it harder for me to choose a favorite version. 

"Stained Glass Painter" blew me out of my mind. I've seen these guys perform upbeat and slow energetic music, but to hear a full blown slow song completely threw me for a loop. This is one of those songs you wish you had a vinyl record copy. It invokes the reminiscent feeling of nostalgia in a summer day.

Overall, the album is worth getting. Luckily, you don't have to wait too long for the album. It releases October 16 and Parallelephants will be performing at Jack's Live Music Venue that day. The doors open at 8 PM and it's open to all ages. Just make sure to pay the $10 admission. Don't want you guys missing out on this awesomeness.

Additionally, Parallelephants will be giving away 50 LIMITED print posters and cd's to the first 50 at the door. I don't know about you, but I can't wait to get my hands on a physical copy and see them again. Who knows if I'll manage to be one of the 50, but I can't wait. Hope to see you guys there.

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