Rahill-Fables (Ft Beck)

Jack Carson shares their thoughts on the collaboration we never knew we needed….

When you are scrolling through Twitter and see that art-rock legend Beck has released a brand-new collaboration with someone who has yet to release their debut solo LP, you stand up and take notice. And this is precisely what American alt-rock artist Rahill has served up with the second single from her upcoming album Flowers At Your Feet.

You don’t get Beck on your debut album if you are nobody. So, who is Rahill?

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Rahill Jamalifard is a multi-disciplinary artist, DJ, painter, and singer based out of New York. Her most prominent work before releasing this debut LP was her work with the Brooklyn-based garage-rock band Habibi where Rahil remained in touch with her diverse routes delivering Shangri-las Americana with a delicious Persian twist. As her sound has matured over the past decade, she hasn’t left those roots behind.

The life of Fables comes from capturing the nostalgia of memory perfectly, telling herself fables and fairy-tale of her past as we all do. The pain of a relationship that is still potent and lingering on her mind because she can’t help but look at it through rose-coloured glasses as she sings

“I can’t help but believe in fairy-tales and fables/I know I’m deep in, inside my feelings I thought our love was meant to last.”

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With gut punches like this, Rahill and producer Alex Epton perfectly balance ethereal and delicate instrumentation and finds something true in the folklore of how we all love. it’s only fitting to have a soundscape as vast as Olympus, dealing with a love as big as the grandest mythos.

Working with Beck, someone whose initial break came from twisting the sounds of 60’s Americana like The Beach Boys into an ironic and self-deprecating sound perfectly for Generation X . Rahill takes those same influences and morphs that sound for now. Dropping Beck’s protective layer of irony and delivering sincerity is the key to Fables. The track demands you leave your inhibitions at the door because Rahill is devastatingly sincere in the world of weaponised post-irony we use to combat our emotions. The ironic persona of Beck is ad-libbing behind Jamalifards performance, and her earnestness is front, centre, and devastating.

Flowers at Your Feet release on the 12th May with U.K. based record label Big Dada.

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