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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 three single releases accompanied by self-directed videos – June’s pop-rock bop “Four Walls”, July's folk-rock anthem “Nicotine Hallelujah” (which has become an official music video selection for 2023's Austin Under the Stars), and punchy alt-rock track "Something // Way" in August – Päter is back with an offering that decisively expands the artist’s sonic universe.
With a captivating vocal performance set to a soft, tinkling piano, “Moonshine” invites the listener into a more vulnerable side of the artist. From Päter, “Everything has its opposite, and Moonshine is the underside to songs like Nicotine Hallelujah or Dam, Damn. It's when you’ve laughed it off and stayed in motion the best you can, but suddenly everything becomes heavy. I wanted to sit with that volatile stillness we all fall into sometimes."
On the production, Päter teamed up with BC-based producer Howard Redekopp whose previous work includes Canadian all-stars Tegan & Sara and Mother Mother. This is the third release from the pair’s collaborations following Nicotine Hallelujah and Something // Way. Päter's debut LP, co-produced with Redekopp is slated for release in 2024.
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!”