The solo project of Allah-Las guitarist and singer Pedrum Siadatian, called “Paint,” debuted with a self-titled EP.
While Allah-Las finds itself firmly embedded within the sounds of surf rock, Siadatian has proved with this EP that Paint is a project not bound by genre.
On this release, Paint dips into sounds that range from lo-fi indie rock to psychedelic rock without ever forgetting the surf rock sounds that brought Siadatian to the limelight.
This album released with the label Mexican Summer, alongside artists like Ariel Pink, Connan Mockasin, Drugdealer, Weyes Blood, and, of course, Allah-Las. Paint’s artist page on the Mexican Summer site features great descriptions of the project’s intentions.
“Anyway, this is PAINT, the substance and the action—it drips, it runs, it changes colors. It’s liquid, ‘til it takes shape. (It’s not a photograph, and not supposed to be.) It’s got mistakes and also mistakes that turned out not to be mistakes, and jokes and puns that turned out to be unexpectedly resonant truths.”
The final words from the Mexican Summer artist page provide a fitting synopsis for Siadatian’s latest work.
“Think of it this way: PAINT’s first album isn’t clean, but it’s very very clear. Sometimes the mess is the message.”
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Jakob McQuade is KCPR’s Editor-in-Chief, a Cal Poly journalism junior, and spins records as MC Quade from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. He wrote the article. Image credit to Mexican Summer.