ATLAS – Parallel Love (2020)
”Parallel Love” is the second album by British Melodic Rock band ATLAS. Writing sessions for Parallel Love started shortly after their 2019 tour with Midnite City and Age Of Reflection, with the band spending much longer on the demo process than for their previous album, polishing their ideas through the autumn and winter of 2019.
This resulted in 11 tracks that the band felt were more concise and stronger than previous efforts. The band chose to pursue a heavier edge for the album production, while staying true to their melodic rock and AOR roots.
So you got a pretty good idea of ”Parallel Love” musical focus: classic melodic hard rock / AOR this time a lttle more edgy than on Atlas’ debut.
Where it is different is in its lyrical content. “Parallel Love” explores complicated and difficult themes in relationships that arenʼt often touched on in traditional Melodic Rock AOR, while still exploring the highs and lows of what love brings to life.
‘Human Touch‘ showcases the physical side of love with no strings attached, while ‘Here With You‘ is a declaration of love lyrically and musically with the band showcasing a string ensemble for the album’s finale.
These parallel themes are intended to tie the album together lyrically. ‘Weathered Heart‘ celebrates a new love after the turmoils of previous relationships, while ‘Falling Out Of Love‘ deals with pursuing love for the wrong reasons.
”Parallel Love” showcases a much more confident ATLAS: from refined songwriting to more expansive instrumentation and polished production.
01 – The Fever
02 – Without You
03 – In Your Head
04 – Weathered Heart
05 – Human Touch
06 – Dare to Love
07 – Falling out Of Love
08 – Early Warning
09 – We Are the Fire
10 – Beyond the Limit
11 – Here with You
Craig Wells – Vocals
Howie Little – Guitars
James Thorley – Keyboards
Christian Redfearn – Bass
Ryan Briggs – Drums and Percussion