A. Ennui years
B1. Fleeting permanence
B2. Marks of existence
Recorded in Lisbon and Oakland July through October 2013.
Anomie Gray was a paralliver.
The International Parallives Institute (IPI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources and support to parallivers: ones who contrive a second life parallel to an original or "true" identity. Parallivers often find happiness and meaning in aspects of life not valued or demanded by the larger society in which they live. While the cause of parallives is not yet known, IPI suspects that a majority of parallives are created as a defense against societal and economic pressures. If maintained properly, parallives are not maladaptive and can benefit the individual and the identities to which they identify. However, in extreme cases parallivers become displaced from, or confused with, their original identity, which typically results in existential crises, anxiety, and emptiness.