Parjam Parsi conducts conversations with his environment. A musician with a wide range of tastes, his music often sees it all come together. From far-fetched ideas to idiosyncratic music elements, they all fit when Parjam composes music. This is passion at play. His 2012 album is called Dialogue. What you hear is more than it seems.
As you hear Without Words, you understand the psyche at play. With the core piano riff as the undertone, he takes steps in all directions, making a meditative exploration with nuanced details. The ambience always helps in the directional and creating a canvas of picturesque standards.
If You Forget Me is a self-portrait in rumination. Delving into parts of his own personality, Parjam might be creating something particular to him alone. The flowing around the same imagery, you get a kaleidoscopic view, one instant producing so much more. Everything Carries Me To You has a rhythmic percussion within the composition. Using note after note to create something so simple yet reminiscent of a story is impressive.
Black Bird might not depict flight yet. It dissuades, escapes searching for meaning in the beginning. Parjam Parsi wants you to view it as the simple being it is, full of purpose and understanding of its role. An Ode to the River had to imitate the flow of water. Simple to do with a formulaic style, Parjam uses something different. The running rhythm section is a brilliant foray into warm, recognizable pockets of melodies. It can be heard in principle in This Rain as well, though the nature differs.
Parjam Parsi isn’t in a position to break down what he sees with his music alone. Nature is far too complex and wholesome for that. This is a dialogue between his instrument and him, regarding the different concepts of nature. The majesty is beyond our understanding, and this is the closest iteration you will find. The thoughts and translations are merely appreciations of what unfolds, and no instrumentalist in recent times has come as close as Parjam, to just adore nature through his music.
Nature as you hear it
The Forgotten Dialect and Doubtless use a contrast of tempos to create frequencies of instrumentals that just admire. It is impressive to see how this “compositional” mind of Parjam’s works, it is complex yet as simple as a singing melody translated into instrumentals. Round Star is also like a narrative, almost spoken word, in the way it is performed. Enigmas is like an acceptance, of something that will continue to evade us about nature. God lies therein, in the existence and us humans, not understanding the beauty of the visual and tactile. Lilacs and Umbria close an album that is an ode to the spectacular organism that is nature.
In adulation and spectacle, Parjam Parsi creates a breathtaking experience that is scintillating, yet engages in thought and appreciation. It is one that would fit any Damien Chazelle experience, especially Last Man, for the gentle instrumentals and transitions. It is a spellbinding effort, and one of many to come from this artist. Listen to his album and follow him for more instrumental magic that transports you to a world beyond this.Archive