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Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire - Stream the New Album

Quiet River of Dust Vol. 1 Out Now via ANTI-

Sep 21, 2018 Arcade Fire
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Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry released a new solo album, Quiet River of Dust Vol. 1, today via ANTI-, his first for the label. Now that the album is out, you can stream the whole thing below. Also below are his tour dates.

As the title suggests, it’s the first part of a two volume series, with part two due out next spring. Previously he shared a combined animated video for two of its songs, “Sai No Kawara (River of Death)” and “On the Ground” (they both made our Songs of the Week list). Then he shared the six-and-a-half-minute long “Song of Wood” (which was our #1 Song of the Week). Then we premiered a video where he performed “I Was In The World (Was The World In Me)” live.

The seeds of the album were first planted a decade ago during Arcade Fire’s first tour of Japan. Parry hung around Japan for several weeks after the tour ended, finding himself in a monastery, an experience he describes in a press release as “the biggest silence you’ve ever heard.”

Parry elaborated in a previous press release: “The song ‘On the Ground’ was inspired by an encounter with ghost voices in a Japanese forest near a temple on the mountain Koya-Sān. I told director Caleb Wood the story - of being alone in this magical environment of giant cedar trees and hearing a loud chorus of powerful harmony singing that sounded inexplicably identical to my late father’s folk band the Friends of Fiddler’s Green, who were the soundtrack to my entire childhood and upbringing.”

Parry also had this to say about the album in the press release: “I’m lousy at sitting still and being nothing. But being out in the natural world or being immersed in music is the meditation for me. That’s the heart of this record: the experience of transcending the place that you’re in, getting lost in the feeling of where you end and where the world begins, in a dreamlike world of music and thought.”

Read our review of Quiet River of Dust Vol. 1.

Read our 2014 Versus interview where Richard Reed Parry and Peter Gabriel interviewed each other.

Richard Reed Parry Tour Dates:

10/17 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
10/18 - Seattle, WA - Columbia City Theater
10/19 - Victoria, BC - Capital Ballroom
10/21 - Vancouver, BC - Wise Hall
11/5 - Toronto, ON - Longboat Hall
11/26 - Ottawa, ON - St. Alban’s Church
11/27 - Brooklyn, NY - Murmrr Theatre
11/28 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre
11/29 - Portland, ME - Space
11/30 - Burlington, VT - ArtsRiot

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