Just as Apollo’s astronauts investigated the vast expanse of outer space, today, Paraleven invites fans to explore the cosmos within via his eponymous debut album Apollo—which has landed on Rose Avenue. The ten-piece epoque is a story of deep contemplation, taking its listeners into futuristic soundscapes laced with verses on love, pain, healing, and self discovery.
Apollo begins its journey with the sweeping “Tidal Wave,” which encourages all to “take a ride” and embrace the bumpy ride that life offers—a fitting kick off to the journey that ensues. This motif of trusting in the process persists throughout the album, like fellow Bien Et Toi-assisted track “Falling In.” Meanwhile, MARO speaks on pushing through barriers in uplifting LP closer “Day Fire,” while the Baerd collaboration “Wait For A Dream” reminds audiences that human connection can also be a source of strength.
The inner and outer space are vacuumous, serving as places to work through our deepest emotions. Apollo is an embodiment of this process. Paraleven and the vocalists he worked with on the album show that vulnerability is ultimately a strength; “Lucid,” “In My Head,” and “Ways” acknowledge pain of lost love, but also the power in moving forward.
Paraleven also used Apollo as a place to explore new frontiers in his own musicality. He produced most of the album using headphones, speaking to his innate sense of sound design regardless of medium used to playback his work. In “Zero Point,” Paraleven and Jackson Englund venture into breaks territory with enchanting synthwork and subtle percussion. “Anti Matter” puts Paraleven’s darker side on display with haunting progressions and harmonies.
“I couldn’t have picked a better home for my first album than with Rose Avenue, and I am super excited to finally share what I consider to be my absolute best work to date. I’ve reached a stage in production skills that allowed me to expand my creativity and I really hope it shows.”—Paraleven
It was Paraleven’s own deep dives into his mind that sparked Apollo’s creation. A psychedelic ego death experience at 21 revealed the transcendent nature of music, and his purpose in harnessing these frequencies to help others. As he continued his quest in understanding the brain’s complexities and the true nature of consciousness, he realized that vast, unknown expanse of the inner world equated to the unknowns of space itself. This juxtaposition of the inner and outer worlds is what Paraleven seeks to capture in Apollo, with its overarching motifs of hypnotic arpeggiation and insertion of subtle sound effects representing one’s internal odyssey.
Apollo will be followed up by Paraleven’s first headlining tour. From LA, to Chicago, to New York, the producer will debut a brand new live set up for audiences in addition to the chance to hear some of the album’s tracks live for the very first time.
For well over a decade, Paraleven has worked hard to develop the cinematic sound he’s known for today. His labor began bearing fruit shortly into his tenure as a solo artist; in 2019, his first releases were promptly picked up by This Never Happened, where he soon became one of the label’s most beloved new talents. Direct support for label boss Lane 8 on his tour followed soonafter. Meanwhile, his Retrograde Mixtapes—recorded in the rejuvenating frequency of 432hz to coincide with each Mercury retrograde—began picking up steam, amassing an average of 50 thousand plays per mix.
It wouldn’t be long before RÜFÜS DU SOL welcomed him into Rose Avenue with open arms, where he joins the ranks of Township Rebellion, Colyn, Cassian, and others that have collectively helped the melodic house genre forward. Now with his first-ever LP on the way, Paraleven is armed with even more tools to accomplish his greater mission of healing through music.
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Catch Apollo on Tour:
Wednesday September 22nd – The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
Friday September 24th – Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday September 29th – Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
Thursday September 30th – Schubas, Chicago, IL
Friday October 1st – Bar Standard, Denver, CO