New Music: Parviz – Le Cyprès d’Arbaqu

Breezy jazz vibes emanate from Persian-French producer Parviz on his latest outing, “Le Cyprès d’Abarqu,” released on Paris’ touchstone label FHUO (For Heaven Use Only). Lucky for us, the music is available terrestrially, even while its aesthetic aspires to the celestial. The rich sounds of electric piano and shimmering percussion call to mind a Mediterranean oasis, culminating in an atmosphere at once physically luxurious and spiritually evocative.

This new record follows up Parviz’s outstanding contribution to last year’s split-EP with the label’s boss Folamour, “Alerte à Babylone,” which established a formula of searing jazz keyboard solos working off thrusting 909 kick drum.

Now, the producer extends his vision upward into an even more transcendently euphoric range, with a dramatic vision more keenly refined than before. Nuanced layers of hi hat, shaker, saxophone, flute, and a ménage of ephemera, exist in blissful harmony, remaining centered between ecstatic climax and reverant ambiance. 

A standout track, “Ta’m—e Gilās (طعم گيلاس)” builds tenderly, strolling along with shaker loops and rippling saxophone explorations, anchored by echoes of Tarka Blue’s acid jazz classic “Dreamflower.” 

Perhaps this “Dreamflower” ties conceptually to the titular Cyprus of Abarkuh, an actual tree in Iran believed to be more than 4,000 years old, the oldest living being in Asia. Once again we’re drawn into the confluence of the mortal and the divine. 

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