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Rykarda Parasol is a composer, lyricist, vocalist, musician, and performer. Originally from San Francisco, she now splits her time between there and Paris, France. Like any ancient explorer, she has stories and musings to convey. With a precarious, gender-bending vocal she weaves tales of identity, experience, loss, and adventure with elegance and discernment that moves beyond the modern rock genre.
For a decade, Parasol has been the captain of her own musical path, writing and producing three strong full-length albums; from lyrics to voice and instrumentation to creating her unique album art. Autonomy has come to define much of her work, which is an alchemy of; literature, culture, psychology, existentialism and human interaction. Parasol’s influence extends well beyond music itself. Educated in the visual arts and creative writing, Ms Parasol is a story-teller at heart. Her lyrics, delivery and shadowy tone have garnered favorable comparisons to Lou Reed, Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, Jim Morrison and the like — as well as literary types such as William Faulkner and Christina Rossetti. Yet her mode is a unique electric mix that combines vintage sounds of Murder Ballad, French Pop, Doo-wop, and even bits of Motown.
Though born in America, her worldview and experiences are eclectic. She grew up in a mixed-culture household and began her music life in San Francisco, then Los Angeles, and Austin, Texas. Nowadays you can frequently find her stationed inParis, France where she avidly studies Argentine tango and of course, writes music for herself and others. Often commuting/performing throughout Poland and beyond Central Europe playing solo or with her Warsaw-based band. It is this continental experience that colors so many of her personal narratives. Equipped with a writer’s sensibilities, she often delivers her tales in a unique sing-talk style.
Parasol’s work stands apart in that she has created a body of work. Each album, though unique, is interlinked to each other and conveys a larger story about the evolution of the narrator from outsider, to rejecter, to independent, and finally opens themselves up to vulnerability. The artwork, collages created by Parasol, work to highlight this connection as well as further the depth of each individual album. Much of her work is steeped in American music of the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s – which is again is illustrated in the evolution of the narrator over a passing of each album.