From Siavash Amini:
Our collaborations and conversations started at a crucial point for both of us in 2016 when things were falling apart in both our countries. We knew it, we could feel it. It was a mutual concern for what will happen to us, to our friends, family and loved ones. Since then, there has been cycles of political oppression and economic uncertainty for us both; as we went forward more similarities between our pains and concerns took shape.
And now we find ourselves here, again two countries that are suffering under some serious mismanagement, which echoes the shortcomings of how we operate in the day to day. While pessimism about the world is still, as always, intact, the will to push through grows stronger everyday. Now, more than ever, we’re in this together; in this huge clusterfuck.
Music - no matter made by whom or how - can’t change things but solidarity and mutual support is a step in a right direction.
Here is us trying our best.Sounds recorded between New York and Tehran.
(Photo taken by RAI in Miarritze, Iparralde Feb 2020)
A beautiful re-working of songs for a good cause. Stagger in particular hits me hard.
I have friends affected by the Ghost Ship tragedy as they're part of the DIY scene in Seattle. Across the various musicians I follow on IG there too I saw the reaction to the tragedy. I've been to these sorts of venues. I know what it's like. I know how unique and inspiring and welcoming they are. Truly a tragic loss for their community and DIY across the country. Dustin K