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The Paris


The Paris
Eleven Eleven
November 11th, 2022.

The Paris reached the pinnacle of alt-rock dynamism in his debut solo LP, Eleven Eleven 

The Philadelphia-native, London-residing artist, Paris Kalamaras from The Paris, has released one of the most dynamic alt-rock albums of the year with Eleven Eleven.

The emotion-driven LP is one for the disillusioned ages.

Visceral lust for life is caged within the high-octane college radio rock anthemics of the opening single, Resolutions before the album takes a more melodic indie-rock turn in Death of Valentine.

Love As It Seems, is for the Ben Folds fans out there, while The Moment, implants echoes of 90s Britpop around balladic rock textures; the climax-packed track, full of raw soul, is an uninhibited outpour of melancholic hunger.

Life to You, marks another sonic shift as it veers into a finessed folk-rock arena before Funeral, strikes an artfully-sombre note; the classic strings around the minor piano keys create a mesmeric instrumental interlude before In Spite of All unfolds a disquietly candid feat of emotional art rock.

Forget the Foxes, is one for the R.E.M. fans, while Happy Love Song soaks the LP in Lo-Fi, saturated-in-delay serotonin. Flares is a semi-lucid soft grunge serenade which leads into the concluding single, Where Are You, which gravitates around a relatable desire for connection.

Paris Kalamaras Said:

“I’ve been seeing the number 1111 for many years. I decided to have 11 songs on my first album, and call it Eleven Eleven. The LP, released on 11/11, traverses themes of love, life and personal experiences.”

Amelia Vandergast, the Executive Editor at A&R Factory said:

 “If we still put our lighters in the air for rock anthems that stirred the soul, The Paris could start an inferno with Eleven Eleven.”

After releasing an album with his former band A Crucifying Feeling called ‘’From Dust to Life’’ in 2012, Paris ended the project and left Philadelphia for NYC in 2016. Instead of starting a new band, he decided to do a solo album.

Paris’ motivation has been to create music that people can enjoy and relate to; over the years, he’s had the pleasure of performing at countless shows and festivals, and his band’s album received plaudits from the President of the Grammy Philadelphia Chapter.

Eleven Eleven was recorded in a few different studios in Philadelphia, New York and London, with the help of featuring musicians including Jeff Steinmetz, Roger Gilpin, Greg Carozza, Joey De Noble, Andrew Lee, and Harry Burford. Mixed by Greg Carozza & Paris Kalamaras. Mastered by Pete Maher.

The Paris – Resolutions

The Paris – Death of Valentine

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