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Performing under the moniker Päter Iran-born, Toronto-based Parmida Kakavand’s unique brand of indie pop/rock navigates themes like self-discovery and mental health with a lighthearted touch.
After grabbing the attention of listeners internationally by posting original music online, Päter’s debut single ‘Dam, Damn’ racked up over 2,000,000 streams on Spotify alone. Following on the heels of that success, Päter independently released two vibrant EP projects - 2020’s ‘SOLE’, “a six-track EP bursting with fun instrumentation, overlaying catchy vocals, and upbeat vibes” (Elena Childers, Breakthru Radio) and 2022’s “WHEREFORE WEEP I THEN?” a collection of cheeky, whip smart tunes about side-stepping vulnerability in love.
As soon as pandemic restrictions allowed, Päter was off to the races performing shows across Canada and landing NEXT magazine’s featured Indie Rock Artist slot at 2022’s NXNE Festival. Päter’s exuberant, infectious stage presence has gained them a reputation for upbeat and inclusive shows that leave audiences wanting more.
The summer of 2023 has seen Päter back in a big way, and they’re showing no signs of slowing down. After two fresh single releases accompanied by self-directed videos – June’s vibrant pop-rock piece “Four Walls” and the folk-rock leaning anthem “Nicotine Hallelujah” in July – Päter is back with another song packed with personality and a hook that’ll stay with you for days.
“Something // Way” (read as Something in the Way) may be Päter’s most straight ahead Alt-Rock track yet, pulling from the musician’s early influences like The Strokes and The Killers. The production brims with ethos from the first note, thrashing and swaying ahead as Päter grapples with their own internal blocks.
From Päter, “‘Something // Way’ is a song about stop/starting, feeling stuck, and getting in your own way. I wrote it when I was dealing with a lot of self-doubt around putting music out into the world. It sort of celebrates the rage that comes from attempting to do anything at all but ultimately pushes on without succumbing to it. I grew up listening to a lot of indie and alt rock like The Strokes, Killers, Hollerado. With this song I wanted to lean as far into that world as I could while keeping it a bit tongue in cheek. The video is also an ode to that pure 2000s indie rock, band-in-a-room vibe. We had a blast shooting it, the little mini me inside was very proud.”
On the production, Päter teamed up with Vancouver-based co-producer Howard Redekopp whose previous work includes Canadian all-stars Tegan & Sara and Mother Mother. Redekopp’s soundscape brings precision to Päter’s bright, irreverent songwriting. This is the second release from the pair’s collaborations following Nicotine Hallelujah, leading to a Päter’s debut LP release in 2024. On the LP Päter shares, “‘4-7 Company’ is a concept project about the hours between 4-7pm, after work and before the evening's festivies, when you're alone with your thoughts and anything can happen. It's a reflection on solitude, cycles, and relationship with self. Sonically, it’s not entirely a departure from my previous releases, but a significant expansion of the world”.
Carte Blanche Music
"Just over a year since the release of her debut single Dam, Damn, Päter keeps developing impressively, gradually revealing more of the real person behind her musical project: Iran-born, Toronto-based Parmida Kakavand. A brave step forward and a promising start of more to come!"
"An anthemic rock track alternating between retrospective verses and a roaring chorus... the track’s 'catch a cold breath,' halting at 01:40 plays with infectious, ’90s alt-rock allure.... 'Sleep' manages to transport me to alt-rock nostalgia of yesteryear, while still sounding fresh and inventive."
"While they have certainly looked to make a deep impact on the scene in recent years, 'Something // Way' still manages to make a lasting impression on their glittering repertoire to date. With such a warm and illuminating approach to their direction once again, we can't wait to hear where this journey will take them next."
[on Something // Way] "As far as we’re concerned, Päter has evolved to take these setbacks and turn them into a confident stride. This is most evident on the hook, as the vocals slide into their upper register, complete with soft harmonies, offering a gentle and empathic soundtrack for all of our future failures."
[on Four Walls] "Joyous, rich vocals skip between melancholy and optimism whilst musically, the track brims with vitality. The production is all percolating rhythms and quirky textures, blending avant-pop with irresistible hooks. This is a sublime first introduction for us to a promising artist."
"With the release of “Something // Way” (read as ‘Something in the Way’), Päter delivers an indie rock anthem that pulsates with charisma and a relentless energy from the start. With a smooth and fluttering vocal delivery, Päter navigates the verses with compelling melodic lines that weave an intricate sonic web."
"It’s extraordinary when an artist can effortlessly jump from genre to genre and still retain a unique sense of self. Päter does this with ease. It’s always a thrill to be working with raw new talent when they’re tinkering in the lab and feeling things out. There’s no telling what we’ll hear next, but it’s definitely gonna be worth a listen!”