Rykarda Parasol just released For Blood and Wine at the end of October. Much like her debut Our Hearts First Meet (one of my Top 2006 albums), the new song set delves into a noirish rock sound with lyrics that alternate between whiskey-splashed cabaret and blood-soaked Gothic poetry. In addition to writing and producing the new disc, Parasol has also independently released it as she searches for a new label.
the ivory lace was woven as a crawler’s web
the dress be bone, though my sash was rose-ed red
white henry in my hair and sapporo lily in my hand
at twenty and one hope is plenty – unrest hard to fathom
From the eerie opening wails of “The Road is Long” through the gritty rock of “A Drinking Song,” For Blood and Wine is propelled by the dusky power of Rykarda’s voice.
Delicate piano winds through the beautiful and menacing “Widow in White,” which calls to mind Nick Cave’s murder ballad “Where the Wild Roses Grow.” Militant drum and a backing choir of male voices help shape the stunning “One For Joy!” into an ominous sea chantey. The two songs are my personal favorites on the album.
Just when tracks like “Oh My Blood” push the album to the edge of the blackest abyss, the sweet tones of “My Spirit Lives in Shadows” and “Je Suis Une Fleur” bring it back into murky light. Then the finale “Kindness, You’re Killing Me” breaks free of the album’s prevailing darkness with a gentle, melancholic folk strum.
I was not granted permission to share a full mp3 from the album, but Rykarda did provide the following mp3 clip and video. You can also hear more samples at the links below.
Rykarda Parasol – Je Suis Une Fleur (YouTube Video)
*mp3 hosted by & posted w/ permission of artist