Rykarda Parasol
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Rykarda Parasol

| Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Established on Jan, 2014
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"Rolling Stone Review"

3.5 stars, Jan. 2008 - Rolling Stone, Germany

"BUST: Rykarda Parasol: For Blood and Wine"

San Francisco musician Rykarda Parasol describes her music as rock noir, a sound that evokes film noir mixed with such heavies as the Velvet Underground, Nico, and Leonard Cohen. Younger folks might draw Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, and Mark Lanegan comparisons, as Parasol employs a similarly low vocal range to deliver her torrid tales, but she creates her own otherworldly atmosphere by accompanying herself on guitar and piano. On “My Spirit Lives in Shadows,” Parasol lets some vulnerability show, while still keeping her identity intact. Rykarda Parasol looks and sounds like a mysterious, dangerous seductress smoking a cigarette and waiting for you in the dark shadows that exist somewhere among love, death, and rock ‘n’ roll. [Michael Levine] - BUST

"Portland Mercury"

"San Francisco's moody goth-folk collective Rykarda Parasol and (her band) have got more than a few things going for them. Their arsenal is rife with Jim Jarmusch-esque musical imagery: Reverb-dripping whammy-bar leads anchor saloon-piano vignettes, all cemented by Parasol's sinister vocals. Her rustic croon (the female counterpoint to a broodier Nick Cave) sounds as if it could crumble under the weight of its own vulnerability; it's less the focal point for lyrical profundity as it is the lead instrument in her catalog. When live with the potent Tower Ravens, Rykarda Parasol employs only as much enthusiasm as it would take to roust a crew of zombies at a cemetery set—gravely gothic and extremely good." RJP - Portland Mercury

"The Deli: The Lady to Watch"

"The Lady to Watch": And while her name might make you think of an umbrella, her music will inspire slightly more complex imagery. Rykarda Parasol plays what sounds like gothic jazz - dark and smooth, with a touch of whimsical Americana and chamber pop. Her voice draws an easy comparison to Nico in the days of the Velvet Underground or PJ Harvey circa anytime, but with a lighter edge and range of sound. In a way, Rycarda Parasol blends Tom Waits' noir tendencies with Nick Cave's stinging rock, but maintains uniqueness with the fact that she's, you know, female." - The Deli Magazine, SF

"Album of the Year, Weitzeit, Germany"

Undisputed Album of the Year, 2007 ***** - Weitzeit, Germany

"Austin Chronicle"

SXSW Picks: “In the lazy, hazy tradition of fellow salvation shucksters Nick Cave and Siouxie Sioux. Delivering a smoky, gin-tinged salve to soothe the souls of the wicked.” 2004
- Austin Chronicle

"San Francisco Bay Guardian, a weekly"

“A genuine musical force in her own right. Parasol weaves gothic, bluesy tales of desire and strength, compassion and solitude. She's just what I need.” - San Francisco Bay Guardian

"San Francisco Chronicle - frontpage"

Rykarda Parasol's music should be filed between: Rock noir and Americana boudoir. Nick Cave meets Nico and the Velvet Underground meets the Black Heart Procession. - SF Chroncile/96hours

"Exclaim! > SXSW Reviews"

“Rykarda Parasol is a striking woman; something of a less slutty Christina Aguilera, with a voice landing on the radar between PJ Harvey and Johnette Napolitano. The music played like a soundtrack to a David Lynch movie, equal parts sexy and creepy.”
- Exclaim! Canada's Music Authority

"LA Weekly Preview by Falling James"

By Falling James
Photo by Amanda Boe

Rykarda Parasol
“Life is short, and life is sad/So let’s carouse, we’ll pretend we’re glad,” Rykarda Parasol croons grandly over the circling “Peter Gunn” guitar riffs and decadently swanky sweep of horns on “A Drinking Song,” from her upcoming album, For Blood and Wine. The “rock noir” chanteuse from San Francisco is all about shadowy atmosphere, but rueful ballads like “Widow in White” possess a melodicism and elegance that’s more affecting than most goth-cabaret dirges. The gigantic introductory chords of “Maggie” slam like Link Wray’s iconic “Rumble,” before melting into a funereal procession that sounds like Siouxsie Sioux fronting the Gun Club — it’s weirdly gorgeous. “Covenant” has an incantational, Patti Smith–style momentum, and “No Sir (Ain’t No Man Gonna)” is defiantly moody. Parasol, who created the “secret location art salon” the Hive and has worked with the Bad Seeds’ Blixa Bargeld, is obviously kind of intense, finding great beauty in great sadness. For her, every day is gloomy Sunday.
- LA Weekly


1) For Blood and Wine (just released 2009!)
by Rykarda Parasol. Self Reelase available on Amazon, iTunes, eMusic, Napster, Rhapsody , etc

2) Our Hearts First Meet, 2007
by Rykarda Parasol,
Released 2008, Glitterhouse (Europe)

2) Here She Comes..., Rykarda Parasol
Released April 2003, EP.
Originally Released by Blood of the Young Records
Re-released 2007 by Three Ring Record on iTunes.com



The dark haunting music of Rykarda Parasol evokes scenes from David Lynch. Bad deeds and stark love.

Rykarda Parasol describes her brand of dark and mysterious music as “Rock Noir”. In it, there is a cinematic component that calls up images akin to David Lynch or Alfred Hitchcock giving way to an icy blonde plot. Indeed, the notion of the smart fearless femme fatale is an image that Parasol finds intriguing and one that her low sultry sing/talk seems to embody. Often compared to the likes of Nick Cave, Black Heart Procession and The Velvet Underground, Parasol’s music personifies both swamp and sophistication. A uniquely gender-bending voice, her strength is in delivering Faulkner-like tales with conviction and suspense with Marianne Faithful tones. Her music draws on American rock, soul and southern influences as well as the Northern European styles imparted on to her by her parents (Parasol is Swedish and Israeli as well as a Polish and American citizen). Parasol has self-produced and self-released two highly acclaimed albums (“For Blood and Wine” 2009 and “Our Hearts First Meet” 2006). A strong presence on the San Francisco music scene, Parasol continues to write songs based on her true-life occurrences and performs near and far.

Parasol has shared the stage with artists such as Frank Black, Jason Collett (Broken Social Scene), Jolie Holland, the Trail of Dead, and 50Foot Wave. She’s had the chance to work with Blixa Bargeld on one of his stage productions; “Execution of Precious Memories” as well as collaborating with the Bellmer Dolls and German hip hop artists Ancient Astronauts. She and her band have performed at SXSW, The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, The Orange Blossom Festival (Germany), and the Benefit for the Austin Music Network. She has toured within the US as well as a several European tours, which have taken her and her band to Germany, France, and Poland.

Live concert, interviews, and music video can be found at: www.YouTube.com/RykardaParasol