Angel Deradoorian, also known as Deradoorian, is a LA-based singer-songwriter who is best known for being the bassist and vocalist with Dirty Projectors from 2007 to 2012.
A week ago today she released her debut solo LP, ‘The Expanding Flower Planet’ and upon first listen I must say I’m struggling to work out which track to feature for today’s song as they are all so marvelously good.
The title for this album came from a tapestry hanging on the wall in front of Deradoorian’s studio, a Chinese embroidered image of a flower mandala and the overwhelming message that can be extracted from this collection of songs is one of freedom, self-discovery and growth (as the last track repeats in an almost mantra-like form).
About 90% of the album was written and performed solely by deradoorian, with assistance from drummers Jeremy Hyman and Michael Lockwood, guest vocalist Niki Randa, Arlene Deradoorian and Gilmore. This album is a personal journey of self-exploration from which Deradoorian emerges with a stronger sense of self and a more profound connection to music than ever before, something that she happily and willingly shares and passes on. Elements of this album remind me of Fever Rays debut solo album as it contains a similar potent energy.
The first impression you get from this album is that there is a depth to it, though this is not hidden, instead it shouts out from its ten original cosmic tracks and hits you straight away. From the onset you are pulled in by its ethereal magnetism. Speaking of the album Deradoorian said:
“It seemed endless, but eventually the shift occurred and it was like a revelation,” Deradoorian describes the epiphany. “I was incredibly grateful for when that day came. It was the first time I really had to force myself to be patient and understand that good things will take time. It won’t all happen when you want it to. It’ll happen when it’s supposed to—when you’re truly ready.”
Title track, ‘Expanding Flower Planet’ is a good a place to start as any so I have decided to use this for today’s song. With its gentle rhythm coaxing you in, it delicately lifts and drops on a wave of layered and transcending melodic vocals. If you like this, I strongly urge you to listen to more.
‘Expanding Flower Planet’ is available now and can be found here