Exclusive: Hungarian Rock Band Ivan & The Parazol Release Punchy Single "Is That"
Ivan & The Parazol is the kind of band you’ll hear anywhere and everywhere — soundtracking popular commercials on your TV, blaring in your ears on a morning run, following you as you weave through city streets. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, you need the Budapest rockers to sing your way through it. Rich with vintage flavor, each fully-formed Ivan & The Parazol track is a punchy, powerful anthem demanding you to rock.
We’re proud to score the U.S. exclusive premiere of their new single, “Is That,” off their brand new album Exotic Post Traumatic, just released today.
Hear lead vocalist Iván Vitáris tell The Music Mermaid a little about the new track below:
Like most of Ivan & The Parazol’s songs, “Is That” rages with high-powered energy from the very beginning. There’s no buildup because they don’t have time for a buildup — they’ll be damned if they’re not gonna get rocking. Smashes of percussion and searing guitar riffs open the track before Ivan’s distinct vocals come in lazing above a steady arrangement keeping pace and beat with his increasingly urgent delivery. “Is That” is teeming with multi-instrumental camaraderie — it’s like you can’t have one sonic element without another supporting from the shadows, so every Ivan member dances a careful waltz around each other to ensure the instrumental treatment is as unified as it can possibly be. And it is, because the band are so mindful of merging their powers.
For two and a half too-quick minutes, “Is That” snakes through a psych-rock anthem that shimmers at some points and shatters at others. Where there’s an underlying sense of anxious exigency, there’s also the rest of the composition unfolding in loose layers of laidback relaxation. This is what makes Ivan & The Parazol such skilled musicians — beyond the rip-roaring guitar solos and all-in attention to rocking rhythms, there’s the fact that this band is so thoughtful with their production that they’ve seemingly analyzed the unending instances of duality they want to present. They’ve honed in on a specific sonic palette that they’ve turned into magic, carefully crafting vibrant glam-rock gems designed for top volume replay.
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