MAKING "MASSIVE IN A PARALLEL UNIVERSE"
Every Parisian Living LP is painstakingly nailed together, from superfine original contributions,
performed by our highly polished musicians and singers, whenever possible, by whatever
"Massive In A Parallel Universe" was recorded in the French Alps, overdubbed in Reading (UK)
and finalised in Transylvania. Thirteen songs of old-school style illuminated by a certain
English sensibility are offered for your entertainment. We mixed it on earphones as well as
reference speakers so it sounds great on your mobile device.
The songs were hewn, sculpted and galvanised in various rehearsal rooms, pubs and home studios between 1999 and 2005, with the notable exception of "Fray Bentos Is A Place (In Uruguay)".
Drums, bass, guide vocals and some guitar and saxophone parts were recorded at Studio Tom, alias Tim and Louise's ski chalet "Le Mouille Fetu" in Argentiere, La France on the last weekend of May in 2006. Kudos are due to Timksi (Grand Computer Wizard No.1) for enabling Parisian Living to record at 4000 feet above sea level, in 14-track, on a laptop!
Our "fractured tango" piece "Fray Bentos Is A Place" was written by the band in Studio Tom. Lyrics were scribbled by Mike on a sheet of A4 that evening, and guide vocals were added the next day.
Tracks were overdubbed with guitars, keyboards, horns, and lead and backing vocals by our engineer, guest guitarist and former Parizzo, Manic Mike (Grand Computer Wizard No.3) at his own Snakepit Sounds in Reading and then at his new facility, named Heavy Glow Studio, out in the woods near Woolhampton. New sounds used on a Parisian Living album for the first time included trumpet, piano-accordion and David's Theremin. We also took the Snakepit Sounds Mobile to Bongo Billy's Bunker at New Greenham Park (formerly Greenham Common airbase) to record the percussion tracks.
Arrangements and mixdown were helmed by Parisian Living's main engine and songwriter Mike, with Manic Mike at the controls. Our funk ballad "Incredible" featuring lead vocals by Kim was finished first, and became Parisian Living's second-ever single (after "Beyond The Dreams Of Avarice (Part 1 & 2)" in 1989). It was released online in April 2010, followed in October of that year by our third-ever single "Busy Intersection (Timski Mix)" as processed by the Time Lord in the French Alps. Alternate mixes of "Incredible" and "Busy Intersection" are featured on the CD and download album.
Finalising the thirteen mixes of "Massive In A Parallel Universe" was entrusted to the once young and keen but now old and jaded ears of Adam Whittaker of SpaceRay Music (yes, Grand Computer Wizard No.2) in his mixing suite "The Boom Boom Room" in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania. Having visited the city for these sessions, Mike predicts that Cluj will be the new Prague! Adam has a long history with the band, having also engineered and co-produced our "Viva" and "Another Load From The Muthalode" albums.
The artwork was assembled by Mike with contributions from Joey in Australia and young talent Imogen Elliott, who supplied the Manga-style cartoons. "Massive In A Parallel Universe" was released on the web on December 9th 2011, and on CD in February 2012.
We really must do something about the long lead-in times on Parisian Living albums. They have taken progressively longer to make, from about nine months for "Beyond The Dreams Of Avarice" to five and a half years for "MIAPU". Of course, there were only five songs on "Beyond" compared to thirteen on this one, and there were no percussion tracks or oddball instrumental overdubs back then, so perhaps it's not too surprising. We think the results are well worth it anyway, not to mention the journey! What class, what power, what tone- you don't get this kind of quality from your run-of-the-mill industrial-sludge based chart fodder!