New Music Spotlight #4

Metal Mother – Ionika Taara Tati, the creative visionary behind Metal Mother, released her sophomore album, Ionika, on her own record label, Post Primal, in mid-April.  Her moniker ‘Metal Mother’ is misleading on the surface because the word ‘metal’ doesn’t refer to a music genre, but instead refers to the strength it takes to be a maternal life … [Read more...]

Interview with Rykarda Parasol

Greetings, Rykarda!  I’m not sure where in the world you are at the moment, but I hope all is well with you.  It’s so good to be in touch with you again after first interviewing you in 2010 for this site.  Your latest album, the masterful, arresting, and personal Against The Sun, has an April 15th release date for Europe and possible distro in the … [Read more...]

Rykarda Parasol – “I Know Where My Journey Will End” video

Rock-noir singer-songwriter Rykarda Parasol returns this April with her new album titled Against The Sun. “I Know Where My Journey Will End” will be featured on this album and it’s a subdued stunner with a dreamy video directed by M. Marzio to match.    The video simultaneously projects a haunting, vespertine ambience befitting the song and tempers … [Read more...]

Artists-On-Albums: AOA#15 (Rykarda Parasol on The Afghan Whigs’ Black Love)

Rykarda Parasol on… The Afghan Whigs - Black Love (Elektra, 1996) It seems that Duende is a difficult-to-define term that describes the soul and spirit from which art (usually the Spanish arts) can stem. And yet most artists look to a so-called “golden muse” to be inspired or aspire to. Duende is not like this grand, lofty notion of … [Read more...]

Interview with Rykarda Parasol

Hello Rykarda!  You’re fresh off playing an acoustic gig at SXSW and your starkly captivating, self-described “rock noir” sophomore album For Blood and Wine was released this past October.  How was SXSW?  Did you get a chance to catch other artists’ performances? Hello Jen! I did see many bands at SXSW. My favorite was Imaad Wasif from LA. I … [Read more...]

Rykarda Parasol – For Blood and Wine

Singer-songwriter Rykarda Parasol self-produced and self-released her second full-length in the Fall of 2009 and it is a chef d’oeuvre that’s darkly infused with her strikingly foreboding to impassioned, low-range sing-talking vocals and bleak to spirited, poetic lyrics. Rykarda, with her roughly elegant delivery, stalks with deliberate care … [Read more...]