I just remember thinking it was insane. At the same time there were all these warning posters in Tehran of ecstasy pills with skulls on them. Ghost Notes was really electronic, it was really sample-based. The new single, , evokes the longing for, and seductive mystery of that other place that is barely known. How did your sound evolve from Ghost Notes to the new album, Parklands? The nature of Iran now is very different to the Iran those people left. Lots of those samples appear on Ghost Notes.
The song resonates particularly for anyone of mixed heritage, as vocalist of English-Russian descent acknowledges. So when it came to Parklands I wanted to make an album that was thematically tighter, that had elements running through it that were coherent, in terms of narrative. Tell me a little bit about the video for Iran Air. The natural urges and impulses that young people have… everything has to happen behind closed doors. . Every Iranian has this connection to Iran.
I heard her voice at a gig in Highgate and I was mesmerised by it. There are all these old villas, pleasure palaces that were built by the Shah. Kids would get together in convoys of cars and go there to take loads of ecstasy and listen to rave music. Listen carefully and traces of his Iranian heritage are just audible, bubbling under the surface. It involved a lot of leg work but it was a hugely satisfying process to put it together. Cyrus Shahrad makes eloquent electronic music. Cyrus Shahrad Hiatus on his hauntingly beautiful bass-heavy sound, new single Iran Air and album, Parklands.
But when I reached my twenties I felt like there was this whole part of my life that I knew nothing about, and I wanted so desperately to reconnect with it. Parties behind closed doors, drinks behind closed doors, dancing behind closed doors. People will always pre-bake their stuff. That was the most seminal, formative experience of my life. Where can I see you guys playing together? I wanted to hitch a ride to one of these parties.
Through the photographs I hope it expresses something about time and the people in those images. So in 2005 I went back to work as a journalist, covering the elections for The Sunday Times. What about your own links with Iran? Would you ever want to live there again? I got hold of a couple of her vocals and put together a track called River. Loads of wealthy Iranians still own houses over there. When I was there in 2005 there was a big rave culture growing up.
Saddam Hussein started bombing Tehran. For years in Iran, it was just accepted, but now there are all kind of drugs. As Hiatus, his hauntingly beautiful bass-heavy sound holds a rarely found emotional depth. Apparently they took place up by the Caspian sea. Everything I made, I made on my computer. How did you wind up collaborating? They all have this nostalgia, they all understand. .
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