01. The Cloak Of Comedy
02. Atheists Have Songs Too
03. Thee Art Of Liberty
04. Your Arrondissement Or Mine
05. Island Of The Dead  (O Mi, O My)
06. How Ever Measured Or Far
07. Withdrawal Feathers And All
08. Greetings From Kiev, xxoo
09. I Vahnt Tou Beh Alohne
10. Take Only What You Can Carry
11. I Know Where My Journey Will End

Rykarda Parasol (\reh-kaer-dah\), hails from San Francisco, but has seen the world. Like any traveling bard, she has stories to tell, using her dangerous, gender-bending vocals to weave tales of identity, experience and adventure.
For a decade, Rykarda has been the captain of her own musical path, writing and producing three strong full-length albums; from lyrics to voice and instrumentation to creating her album art.Autonomy defines her work, which is an alchemy of; literature, culture, psychology, existentialism and human interaction. The songs leap out fully formed, controlled and knowing.
Though born in America, her worldview is eclectic. The daughter of Israeli and Swedish immigrants, she grew up in a mixed-culture household. In recent years, when she's not in San Francisco, she's usually in Paris, France, studying and writing or performing throughout Poland and beyond. It is this continental experience which colors so many of her narratives. Equipped with a writer's sensibilities and a voice like a seasoned instrument, she often performs using an intimate sing-talk delivery. Rykarda describes her own dusky sound as "Rock Noir", which much like Film Noir, is stylishly dramatic, steeped in cynicism and sexual motivation with unpredictable shadows lurking around every corner.
The parasol mushroom (Macrolepiota procera) is a basidiomycete fungus with a large, fruiting body resembling a lady's parasol and is readily found on the European continent. A symbol of knowledge and enlightenment, the mushroom as whole is as easily connected to poison and medicine. They grow in the dark, in shadows, quietly and discreetly. As quickly as they arrive, as quickly they're gone. Go gentle as you may not notice them underfoot ...
As with the departure of the flowers, so is a departure of tone and instrumentation. The voices themselves freely mushroom. Psychedelic at times, blissed-out, and transient.

In Latin and French parasol means "against the sun" (* and en francais parapluie means "against the rain")? Perhaps too a befitting symbol for someone who travels through the world with their guard up ;)
Much of these songs are retreating inward, detaching, introverting, and taking flight both physically and emotionally. And so, with this in mind, the figure turns back. It retreats, abandons and ignores. The autonomous traveler explores the world while growing in the dark.