Song: Lindsay Munroe – Parallel Review

by Jo Higgs

We don’t need words / we can sit in silence’, is truly an opening line for the ages. Grabbing the listener by the collar with two strong hands and an unbridled look of genuine care in the eyes, Lindsay Munroe announces the release of her EP, Softest Edge, in tandem with the presentation of her latest single, Parallel.

Munroe continues to shine bright within the often-confusing murk of the alt-pop genre, venturing further into the wonderful world of palpitating synths and sizzling hi-hats. Parallel sounds as good as a song can: enchantingly clean with a characterful vocal grit, dynamically adept and above all, a perfect soundscape for a touching sentiment. Following her breakaway from an unhealthy time with a conservative church, as charted on her debut EP Our Heaviness, Munroe flourishes further as a writer, a performer and an independently-minded person. It’s almost a soliloquy to soul-sharing sisterhood, recognising the similarities in personal journeys between herself and a friend, Parallel is a dedication to mutual caring.

I don’t mind looking like a fool for you’, Munroe repeats over and over as brass-band-esque synths slowly melt into one. Loving a friend has never been so sweet and it’s certainly never sounded as gorgeous. Parallel is a mere taster of the incoming Softest Edge which is sure to deliver a mesmerising set of songs, as anticipated by this one.

Out on November 9th, you can pre-order the vinyl for Softest Edge here.

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