At a first listen through, it’s hard to comprehend what is actually going on. The music keeps your focus, while the lyrics drive your imagination. “What’s really going on? What are they talking about?” All questions one might ask while listening to Between the Buried and me’s The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues. The complexity of this album is not solely found on the musical end, (of course it’s complex musically, that’s the style of the album, and previous albums from the band.) it’s found lyrically as well. Tommy Rogers (plays keys, and vocals for the band) takes us on a journey through outer space, mind you, it’s a journey whilst asleep (See what the band did there?). Rhythmically intriguing and even thought provoking, this album brings forward a positive name to both story telling, and music. Not to mention the awesome vinyl it’s printed on. It provides a sense of wonder, and an over all feeling that something else is really going on. The main character of the album is traveling through space (asleep as I mentioned before.*) and I believe the album is written about his dreams. Again, referencing the name of the album. This is an interesting take of both space exploration, and sleep. Musically, the band creates an ominous feeling for the listener, that is only furthered by the lyrics. Here’s some examples:
“Mirror stares back again. I contort like the wheels in my head… Still nothing happens. Please wake up. Please wake me up.”-Specular Reflection
”Am I God? I’ve been called worse…”-Augment of Rebirth
“Scorched life. I turn around and the face of death stares so grim that the lids finally open…”-Lunar Wilderness
“Home. The empty space of home. All I’ve known is gone. All I’ve loved is lost. Silence.”-Lunar Wilderness
Take a listen for yourself, hell, take a few!
*I have come to a personal conclusion that the album is based off of a dream sequence, and the last song, is the main character’s awakening. Basis for this statement have been concluded from the album’s lyrics, and is my interpretation of what the album is about. This is just a hypothesis I’ve created for the album.