Aria Rostami- My Bobby Valentine / Black Ring
Posted by Jonathan Abramson
"WE HAD A VERY ABNORMAL RELATIONSHIP, PROBABLY IN THE SAME WAY THAT MOST BEST FRIENDS DO. “PETER” IS MY WAY OF TRYING TO EXPLAIN THAT RELATIONSHIP."
San Francisco resident and experimental pianist and composer Aria Rostami constructs delicate music. Each segment gently sways from one to another and are held together by constantly changing experimental parts. As a result of the constant movement, our ears don't get tired of what they're listening to. Our brain almost involuntarily focuses in on the part that's changing, and it's all highlighted by low to high contrasting sounds. The contrast provides space for even the most subtle tweaks to not interact with each other on opposite ends of the spectrum. In sum, Aria's music is incredibly complex and requires a lot of attention. Utterly fantastic.
Check out the split video for "My Bobby Valentine" and "Black Ring," which is an oblique depiction of the songs via a steady course of analog video synthesizers, VHS tape, and feedback loops. It was produced by visual artist Render Jones. Also check out Aria's Peter EP here.