3 Almonds and a Walnut is the 2nd album from Roshi featuring Pars Radio, the band built around Welsh-Iranian songstress Roshi and her collaborator Graham Dowdall ( gagarin, Pere Ubu, Nico etc ). Roshi's music includes her own very individual take on song Iranian songs she grew up listening to together with her own personal songs exploring her own life stories and evocations of time and place, in arrangemts of keyboards, electronics, cello and found sounds. Roshi's voice has been described as " a thing of quivering beauty " and the music compared to the work of film maker David Lynch - they combine the fragility of Roshi's beautiful airy vocals with electronic sound worlds , elements of South London Bass, industrial percussion - strange yet accessible and memorable.
The bands previous release have been highly acclaimed including two experimental records of the month in Mixmag plus great reviews in the Wire, Froots, Rock and Reel etc plus radioplay including BBC Radio 3, 6 music, resonance fm, NDR etc. Ahead of the album the band released the single " Don't Breathe It to a Soul..." with a remix from David Thomas from legendary band Pere Ubu. This track was taken from a score Roshi was commisioned to create for Birds Eye View which was premiered at Londons' Purcell Room. The band regularly perform at prestigious venues across the country , cool clubs and at select festivals where their daring live approach.
The album is receiving reviews from far and wide including Q ( UK), Rif Raf ( Fr ) Impose (US ) Musica Jazz ( It ) Blow Up (It ) and Radioplay including BBC Radio 3 ( UK ), NDR ( Ger ) Norwegian National Radio.Roshi is the Featured ARtist in this weeks PRS newsletter ( 12/7/13) and the album has received a great review in the Independent ( 14th July) which says "beguilingly unclassifiable ". The Quietus is gushing in its praise for the album describing the " classic songs ", " bold experimentation " and " a potential pop album; accessible and emotionally literate ".
Stunningly beautiful Welsh-Iranian electronca Torch songs - Joe MuggsMixmag
classic songs ", " bold experimentation " and " a potential pop album; accessible and emotionally literate ". - Ben GrahamThe Quietus
Magnificent alt-pop - Mr Delire
10 wonderful songs. Pop that reveals new facets on everylisten - Music & Sich
Dreamy magic - Joe MuggsQ
A Luxurious and mischievous voice... a rich library of cosmopolitan sounds - Rif Raff
Flowing, evocative and a little disturbing - Music Jazz
Iranian balladry is met with Welsh Futurism - Impose
beguilingly unclassifiable mix of traditional roots and crunchy avant-garde sound effects and beats - Howard MaleThe Independent
its well worth seeking out Roshi’s music to excite your ears and discover the future of folk music. - M Magazine
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