Perhaps best known these days for his film making, having recently won a slew of international awards for his first feature film, Anticipation, Peter Renzullo also is one of Perth’s most respected musicians and producers. He helms Scudley Records, a studio responsible for producing no end of recordings by up and coming Perth artists, which also doubles as a music video production house. It should come as no surprise, then, that Renzullo’s latest project, Parallax, brings together his passion for creating both film and music.
I want to show off with these videos.Peter Renzullo
Parallax, a collaboration between Renzullo and vocalist, Jamie Seinemeier, is a project 12 years in the making. Renzullo and Seinemeier first met back in 2008, but didn’t actually start recording together until 2019, of which Renzullo said, “It reminded me of how amazing this guy’s voice is from when I first heard it 10 years earlier, and I just thought, ‘I want to work with this guy’.”
Talking about his musical inspiration, Seinemeier said, “My personal influences range from Jeff Buckley to John Farnham. I love voices that can really hit you in the heart and put goosebumps on your arms.” Which gives you a bit of an insight into the qualities that had Renzullo so captivated that he would keep a pilot light on what became Parallax for more than a decade.
Parallax will see Renzullo and Seinemeier release 10 songs and videos in the coming months, with the first, ‘Focal’, due for release on 18 January. The key point of difference with Parallax is that the songs will be released as music videos only, emphasising the importance of the visuals, which are intended to heighten the audio experience.
“We’re not just a band,” said Renzullo, “we’re kind of a production. We have the audio elements, which is where Jamie shines, and we have the visual elements, which is where I shine. I want to show off with these videos.”
Coming from the mouth of a less respected and capable artist, those last words might just make one sceptical. Many a creator has overreached with their hubris only to turn in less than satisfactory work come launch time. Having seen the video for ‘Focal’ it’s evident that this is not the case with Parallax, at least not so far.
‘Focal’ is a haunting track that Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood would take pride in, had they written and produced it. But that’s too obvious and one-dimensional a nod to capture the full breadth of what Renzullo and Seinemeier have achieved with the initial release from Parallax. The video that accompanies ‘Focal’ gives depth of meaning and texture to what already is a potentially chart-topping song featuring a searing vocal delivery from Seinemeier that does, indeed, make the hairs stand up on your arms.
There are some stunning moments of visual imagery in the video for ‘Focal’ that, even to an untrained eye such as mine, show off Renzullo’s talents as a film maker. It’s a slick piece of vision, for sure, but it’s the narrative that makes it outstanding. Coupled with the lyricism of the song, the video examines the push and pull of human existence and coexistence, taking a highly emotional look at what happens when those of us who have rub up against those of us who have not. It’s a real tearjerker, and coupled with Seinemeier’s vocal lament, Our love is shattered / Our love is shattered, ‘Focal’ is going to hit you right in the solar plexus of your feels.
This first release from Parallax certainly delivers on what Renzullo and Seinemeier set out to achieve and is bound to be well received by both music and film lovers. It’s also a tantalising taste of what’s to come.
Speaking about the future of Parallax, Renzullo said, “We’ve completed nine of the intended 10 tracks that will be produced with their own visual clips. The stories and themes for the clips are already done, as well as some storyboarding for the shoots that will be happening throughout this year, so we are focussing on creating all the music first, then going through each one to create the visuals after that.”
So, pretty well advanced, but no word yet on dates for future releases. ‘Focal’ will premiere on 18 January and, “…after that, we will be announcing the dates for each following release as it happens,” Renzullo told Around The Sound.
“We don’t want to rush anything with this,” continued Renzullo. “Jamie and I have been building towards this venture for roughly 12 years and are going to savour every moment and give ourselves as much time as needed to create each piece to the level we want to achieve.”
With upcoming tracks to take in themes such as mental health, social inequity, personal and public relationships, and even the age-old question of life and death, you can expect a lot from Parallax in 2021 and it’s unlikely that the project’s creative drivers will disappoint.
“I think what we’re creating is something unique,” Seinemeier said. “If I were to describe it, it’s a combination of electronic, and analogue sounds meshed together to create a varying blend of genres and styles. Hopefully, with the combination of music and film, we’re creating something that is memorable, and we’re able to tell a story via both those mediums.”
If all perspectives align, Parallax are set to make 2021 a highly memorable year, and for all the right reasons.
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