Parallel Evolution

by Shadow Biosphere

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Bylakupee 04:00
Multiversal 04:51
Psychrophile 03:42


‘Parallel Evolution’, the transcendent debut album by cosmic-ambient duo Shadow Biosphere will be released on Nine Gates Records.

Appearing first as a digital release on September 18, 2014, a CD digipack will be available on October 9.

Sonically drawing on dark ambient, bio-acoustic, primeval, abyssal and imagined sound worlds, ‘Parallel Evolution’ evokes the hidden life within and beyond our known realms. Richly textured ambient soundscapes are infused with found sounds and the organic pulses of natural forces, to summon immersive new perspectives on subatomic and multiversal dimensions.

From the powerful opening title track, ‘Parallel Evolution’ is a compelling exploration of unseen biospheres and hidden lifeforms. Inspired by astrobiology, quantum theory, eastern travels, William Blake, Alan Watts, improbability, the interplay of science and art, the multiverse and 'a world in a grain of sand', Shadow Biosphere's atmospheric conceptual soundscapes connect the eerie whirl of planetary forcefields in the solar system's outer reaches with dark deep terrestrial worlds and the lifeforms that inhabit earth’s uninhabitable places.

‘Parallel Evolution’, the title track, explores the concept of a possible world of non-carbon-based life that is so different to what we think of as 'life on earth' that it is imperceptible to us. An invisible simultaneous biology in the midst of our own: the bacterial life that inhabits uninhabitable environments on earth - and beyond - points to this probability. Shadow Biosphere brings together extremophile organisms in sub-arctic ice, sentient mycelium networks, the microverse and interstellar microbial flows in an exploration of imagined shadow life on earth and elsewhere.

Two tracks have been previously released on compilation albums to support worthwhile causes.
‘Bylakupee’ featured on ‘Hands from Shadows’ via Sombre Soniks Studios to raise money for victims of flooding in Serbia in early 2014, while ‘Parallel Evolution’ appeared on ‘No Red Seas II’, supporting the ocean conservation organisation The Black Fish - the second in a series of albums for marine wildlife causes initiated by Shadow Biosphere.

Parallel Evolution is available for purchase on CD and for download in high-quality MP3, FLAC and more from

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released October 9, 2014

Programming and production: Caroline Jago
Concept and visuals: Lesley Malone

Individual track credits:

5. Psychrophile
Thanks to Carmen Braden and Marlin Ledin for use of their field recordings
Copyright-free sample via NOAA PMEL Earth-Ocean Interactions Program

6. Interstellar Endoliths and 8. Magnetospheric
Samples used under Creative Commons 3.00

9. Mycelium Dreaming
Samples used under Creative Commons 3.00 nocturna subterranea earth rumble
Copyright-free sample via NOAA PMEL Earth-Ocean Interactions Program

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