Parasto Sazvar is back with a new cotton-soft single – Unproblematic.
We longed to hear more from this artist, who returns from an eight-year absence and her golden vocals are a surprise and very welcome return.
The Persian/Swedish songstress established her unique, dreamy sound with singles such as Relax Your Mind, Promise, and I Still Smile, earning her our fitting moniker, ‘The Voice of Summer‘. Her soothing tones evoke relaxed and chilled memories of beachside or park lounging.
Time has not altered her signature sound, and Unproblematic eases away stress with a minimalist, jazz-fused production featuring gently played keys by Johnny Östervall.
‘When I wrote Unproblematic, I wanted to be guided by the dreamy soundscape in the instrumental and not by current music trends. The sound had to grow to become neo-soul / R&B / laid-back jazz. I wanted the jazz pianist and producer, Johnny Östervall’s sound to “shine” in interaction with the song and melody. It would be ruthless not to take advantage of his aptitude for jazz’, Parasto explained.
Unproblematic is about the evolution of emotional maturity and how it can allow love to grow despite adversity and shortcomings. It’s about acceptance and transparency in a relationship.
“I am not 20-something anymore. I have grown out of my need for confirmation and my ego. That suit no longer fits after two children and a hell of a lot of diaper changes! However, I refuse to forget the fact that Mats Nileskär called me “Pärlan Parasto”(The Pearl Parasto) in P3 Soul (radio show) 11 years ago. Beyond that, I’m relatively ‘zen’, and I think that feeling is conveyed in the song.”
It isn’t easy to imagine how few soul artists there were in Sweden in 2012. This was the same year we launched this website. (Happy 9th birthday to us, by the way.) Since then the scene has expanded enormously and it’s a perfect anniversary gift to welcome the return of an artist who inspired our creation and a new generation.
We’ll keep bringing independent soul music from Scandinavia to the world. Good music like this should always be shared. Welcome back Parasto Sazvar!