Parallel is the second album from the Milan based duo PINHDAR, released on March 26th 2021 for the English label Fruits de Mer Records. Announced in January by its title track chosen as the first single, the album was entirely recorded during the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 epidemic and subsequently co-produced by Howie B (Björk, Massive Attack, Tricky, Everything But The Girl, U2 …) It’s a concept, a journey through human fears and frailties, going up from song to song as in Dante’s Circles of Hell, from the fear of death up to an escape route, represented by the infinite coda of the last song.
Since exploding onto the music scene in 2019 with their self-titled debut PINHDAR have further refined their brand of Psychedelic dark Pop on this latest album. The duo have made a name for themselves on both sides of the Atlantic when in the band Nomoredolls; relentlessly playing New York venues like CBGB’s, Knitting Factory & Arlene’s Grocery and established a loyal US fanbase before moving on to establish PINHDAR. Under the new name and armed with a new sound it wasn’t long before they’d won over the ears of legendary British critic and Rock Music Biographer Kris Needs.
So impressed with the band’s unique sound, Kris invited them to play at the launch of his new book in London, all the while ‘TOY’ was starting to gain critical acclaim across the world with VICE/Noisey listing it in their top 10 tracks of 2019 and legendary station KEXP adding it to their repertoire.
PINHDAR are currently touring Europe as a trio, joined by drummer/multi-instrumentalist Alessandro Baris, while demoing new songs for a new release planned in 2023.
Dream Pop, Trip Hop
Fruits de Mer Records
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“Parallel is one of the albums I’m most proud of” HOWIE B
“Italian duo’s masterpiece”
RECORD COLLECTOR (UK)
“A snapshot of life experienced in 2020” Prog (UK)
“Great and seducing.” Electronic Sound (UK)
“A haunting record that takes you into a world, as we have all come to know it over the past year. Not a happy world, but it does produce a beautiful record.” The Next Gig (NL)
“Dark ed atmosferico, tra dream pop and trip hop” LA REPUBBLICA (IT)
“E’ un amplesso artistico convincente, quello tra i Pinhdar e Howie B, a impreziosire un’opera in cui svettano i tumulti ritmici e gli squarci alla chitarra”