The Color Of Destruction

by Rykarda Parasol

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Rykarda Parasol was born and raised in San Francisco, but has seen the world. Like any traveling bard, she has stories to tell, using her dangerous, gender-bending vocals to weave tales of identity, experience and adventure…

For a decade, Rykarda has been the captain of her own musical path, writing and producing four strong full-length albums; from lyrics to voice and instrumentation to creating her album art. Autonomy has come to define much of her work, which is an alchemy of literature, culture, psychology, existentialism and human interaction. The songs leap out fully formed, controlled and knowing. Her lyrics, delivery and shadowy tone have garnered favorable comparisons to Nick Cave, Lou Reed, Edith Piaf, Johnny Cash, Greg Dulli 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, Motown, and Brit-mod-rock as if adding pinches of Jacques Dutronc to The Brian Jonestown Massacre for good measure.

Though born in America, her worldview and experiences are eclectic. The daughter of Swedish and Israeli immigrants, she grew up in a mixed-culture household. She began her music life in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Austin, Texas. Then on to Europe, where she now spends most of her time. In recent years, Paris has been her home base, studying and writing or commuting/performing throughout Poland and beyond playing solo or with her Warsaw-based band. It is this continental experience which colors so many of her personal narratives. Equipped with a true writer’s sensibilities and a dynamic vocal instrument, she often performs using an intimate sing-talk delivery. Rykarda coined her own dusky sound as “Rock Noir”, which much like Film Noir, is stylishly dramatic, steeped in cynicism and sexual motivation with unpredictable shadows lurking around every corner.


released August 5, 2016



Interbang Records / Folk Wisdom Berlin, Germany

Interbang is an Italian Berlin-based record label and booking agency, founded in 2009. Folk Wisdom is its electronic sub-label born in 2014.
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