Parmy Dhillon - Mind Out Of Time: Volume 1 - A folk rock masterpiece for the ages
Review by Adam Jones
July 30, 2020
What’s up everybody? Adam Jones here with a review for indie-folk artist PARMY DHILLON, a musician who’s often compared to the Lumineers - however, there are many factors that separate Parmy Dhillon that make him truly a unique find. Today we are reviewing the album “Mind Out Of Time: Volume 1,” out on platforms everywhere.
The album begins with “Where Do We Start,” an impassioned musical introduction that sets the album up beautifully. There is a sense of hope and sadness - it’s a difficult feat to accomplish. The song ENDS with the main hook “Where Do We Start?,” emphasizing some creative lyric writing. That’s some good old-fashioned urgent songwriting right there - in providing it’s purpose in setting up the stage for the album, the hook also acts as an ironic final-button for the END of the song. Awesome.
Next up is “Rain,” a song that sounds like a mix of Bob Dylan meets emo-acoustic rockers Brand New. There is some nice vocal layering going on - harmonic octaves help to emphasize the vocal flow. Dhillon shows off his broad vocal range on this track, effortlessly flying into the higher register as well as showing off thick, rich bass capabilities.
We then hit “Sleepaway,” an upbeat-yet-sad song about an obviously traumatic event. “I heard the news last night - a thousand people died, I wanna sleep - sleep it all away.” I am getting Beatles vibes on this song. There is an introduction of a bass drum that gives the music an upbeat, bouncy quality - I absolutely love the contrast he’s created with the downtrodden lyrics. To top it off, the song ends with an abrupt stop; “I WANNA SLEEP.” It’s these types of artistic decisions that separate the amateurs from the pros. There is a creative bravery behind these songwriting decisions that distinguish Parmy Dhillon from others - and it’s fantastic.
We roll into “Time,” a song with a more “Mick Jagger-ey” vocal quality. There is the introduction of even more percussive elements, with a nice cajon and rhythmic acoustic. This is yet another example of creative contrast, with an upbeat musical backdrop painted against lyrics like “Time is wasted when I’m home again.” Damn.
Next up is the musical interlude “Don’t Let Them In,” a raw blues track reminiscent of artists like the Black Keys. It feels almost like a prison chant, and it feels so real.
Then we have “Grew Up in a Country Town,” a song that could have easily been written by Tom Petty. This song is a nostalgic rock track - that is, a story about his roots with some darkness sprinkled throughout. It sounds huge, and is the only track thus far to introduce a full drum kit against a specific lyrical hook: “suicidal thoughts.” It’s very interesting because it shows how impacting this period of growth was for Dhillon. Oftentimes music reveals much more about a person’s very human inner-workings than we’d care to admit. It’s a healthy outlet for discovery about oneself, and it takes courage. The song ends with a building vocal chant, adding additional layers of harmonies with each line.
The album ends with “Valium,” a track more reminiscent of Thom York/Radiohead, with a bass vocal setting up the top of the song. We then get right into an upbeat drum-driven musical sequence, with an aggressive higher-range vocal. It’s edgy and cool. This is the first song with a real guitar solo, which again speaks to Parmy Dhillon’s musical planning. The album ends with thick yet lonely sounding vocal harmonies. What a trip!
Building on top of each new theme, Parmy Dhillon takes us on a musical journey and doesn’t let go.
Do not miss PARMY DHILLON and the new album MIND OUT OF TIME: VOLUME 1 below!