Nosaj Thing - Parallels
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2017 Ratings: #453 / 668
User Score
Based on 26 ratings
2017 Ratings: #450
September 8, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Innovative Leisure, Timetable / Label
Ambient Pop / Genres / Website
Your Review



Guest vocalists definitely add warmth and colour in their own ways, but Chung's true triumph is the resilience of his own original artistic voice here. His productions have always seemed clean and cool, guided by patience and an eye for detail.

A.V. Club

For all its probity, Parallels is of a piece with its predecessors, another curvilinear and sinuous 30-minute odyssey from one of the most consistent and daring producers working.


Parallels is the sound of an artist regaining perspective after a devastating setback, and while he still makes music to drift away to, it's more focused than ever.

While this sonic nonchalance means it can lack singularity and impact, ‘Parallels’ feels like an organic and necessary evolution for Chung, his affinity for dense, hazy, dreamlike production still as mind-altering as ever.
The Line of Best Fit

One of Chung’s strengths is not overstuffing his music, but there are moments where Parallels’ nonchalance makes it feel like less of a full album and more of a holdover between more momentous projects.


Across Parallels, he seems so committed to the possibility of an open-ended project that he gets lost in the mix—where once he was a maestro of controlling space.

Crack Magazine

Nosaj Thing material has always walked a nuanced line between subtle aesthetics and killer hooks, but despite some flashes of brilliance, on Parallels there’s an absence of both.

Dec 11, 2017
There are few standout tracks on Parallels, but the album works as a whole, evoking a nocturnal air of calm and longing.
Sep 13, 2017
Interesting to listen to this after finishing Lunice's "CCCLX." Both records project nocturnal, atmospheric, spacey sounds. But Nosaj Thing does it better. I fall into this music; I don't find myself searching for something to critique. If the music makes me let go, then I know I'm digging it. When the track pulls me out of itself, then I ask what just happened and why. Those moments happened on almost every track – the little spoken/captured sequence on "Get Like," ... read more
Jun 14, 2017*
First; Kid Cudi's “The Man on the Moon.”
Kendrick Lamar flowed over Nosaj’s “Cloud 10”
And Chance the Rapper on “Paranoia” (the second-half)

That alone deserves your attention, so explore his previous works and get excited for this release right here!

Sigh average at best
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Added on: June 14, 2017