Rating – 4/5
As a little reminder, The Ghost of Helags are singer-songwriter and producer duo Teresa Woischiski and John Alexander Ericson. Hailing from Sweden and now located in Berlin.
We looked at their previous single Chemistry which was inspired by a night time drive and was full of eerie and ethereal darkness. Parallel is completely and utterly different. Apparently enjoying the jet-set lifestyle the guys were in the south of France this time, presumably in glorious gallic sunshine and had just managed to catch an open-air gig by the Chemical Brothers. I think you can see where this is going.
Parallel is infused with the warmth and joy of a festival summer. Not a British joy of being utterly soaked in a field in Glastonbury or Donnington but a far more idyllic and sun-kissed affair. The track is a homage to the Chemical Brothers but to lazily quote Messrs Black and Gass it’s a tribute, not some hackneyed copy that leaves you pining for the original.
It’s chilled out and warming, hopeful and happy, and despite being formed in the moment, somewhat reminiscent and nostalgic. All the skilled conjuring of a dark car ride in Chemistry is displayed on an entirely different medium in Parallel. From all of the darkness to all of the light. It’s impressive. A couple of blinks and you could well open your eyes and be there on the day. Especially apt considering the current climate of no live music, no festivals, and even social distanced gigs being put back on hold again. If we ever needed a single like this it’s pretty much now.
Obviously to fit the inspiration and the narrative a booming bassline and frenetic complexity wouldn’t fit at all so this track is far from that. There are two simple melodic lines, one trance the other more electro. The vocals are floaty and light, gently weaving through and above the simple melodies and beat. There’s very little else to it but when you do exactly what you set out to do, in the best way to get it done, why add other elements and ingredients that are just going to muddy the waters?
In conclusion, it’s another very strong single from The Ghosts and an excellent highlight to just how much of a range they have and how exquisitely they can nail an experience and transfer it to music that is entirely their own.
If you haven’t checked them out yet then please do so.
Review by James Clinch