We/Or/Me Premiers New Video for Single, “The Dusty Roads”
Dark-Folk musician We/Or/Me premiers video for “The Dusty Roads” in preparation for upcoming album, Everything Behind Us is a Dream, due out January 29th. The video finds singer Bahhaj Taherzadeh walking on a road through a cemetery, with a grainy polaroid filter giving viewers the impression of a memory lost to the past.
The video’s cemetery sits behind Taherzadeh’s home in Chicago. “Filters were used to give it the look of old 16 mm film,” he says. They add a “hazy, dusty atmosphere to the visuals, which harken to the song’s themes of disenchantment, memory, loss and self-discovery. The way the footage jumps and cuts is intended to give a sense of a journey seen from many different angles, disjointed and messy.” This mood mirrors the feel of the song, steeped in layers of dark, ambient folk.
“The Dusty Roads” is spectral and delicate. It floats like a ghost through a room, intimate in delivery, evocative of distant images and landscapes. An acoustic guitar walks around as fingers bring it to life; triumphant harmonica refrains serve as fanfares for the song’s purpose: we are all on our own, and it is up to us to create our own stories. It is a song about life’s journey, but it is also about death: the death of innocence and childhood perception. What better place to set this scene than amidst a sea of gravestones, where countless ideas have come to rest forever.
We/Or/Me is the musical alias of Bahhaj Taherzadeh, quite possibly the world’s only Persian-Irish singer/songwriter. Born and raised in Dublin to an Iranian father and an Irish mother, Taherzadeh now lives in Chicago where he has plied his trade as a manuscript editor and writer over the years. Steeped in storytelling traditions on both sides of his lineage, Taherzadeh, a self-taught musician from a decidedly non-musical family, started to write songs in the mid-2000s, rarely sharing them with anyone apart from a few close friends. His string of self-produced releases drew admiration from the likes of Robin Hilton of NPR’s All Songs Considered, Glen Hansard, and producer Brian Deck. In recent years Taherzadeh has collaborated with British folk legend Vashti Bunyan, and has shared the stage with the likes of Mumford and Sons, Laura Marling, the Swell Season, and Mt. Eerie to name just a few.