Salar Rajabnik – “Black & White World” REVIEW

For decades artists like Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty tapped into the ideology of the everyman. With lyrics about the struggle of work, family, and life, they represented us. These days it feels as if modern rock focuses more on angst and aggression. While expressing those feelings is important, glossing over that specific vulnerability is a travesty! Salar Rajabnik’s debut album Black & White World is here to fill that void.

Growing up everywhere from Iran to Kansas City, Salar Rajabnik found himself immersed culture at a very early age.

From Persian music to Motown, Rajabnik absorbed everything he could from every location he lived. Not only it did it define him as a musician but as a person as well. Applying himself to any and all genres, his passion intensified when he began playing in any band or project that would give him the opportunity. Instead of chasing a financial dream, Rajabnik was legitimately driven by his passion for the arts. Something that manages to shine through each musical endeavor he took on.

After playing in countless projects in dives and clubs in his own band Moon Age, all the way up to high-profile tours with the likes of Minnie Driver, Pete Yorn, and Cheap Trick’s Tom Petersson, Rajabnik knew it was time to record a solo album. He spent five years working on what would become Black & White World.

From the opening notes of “Aint Got No Time”, I knew Black & White World was a classic.

With so much experience as a multi-instrumentalist and taste for the exotic, one would think Rajabnik would be a pretentious hipster. Looking down his nose at anything with a simple pop mentality. Instead, Black & White World is a warm, inviting rock album with the endearing grit of Paul Westerberg and gut-wrenching sentiment of Big Star. Like the aforementioned Springsteen or Petty, Rajabnik knows exactly how to tug at the listener’s heartstrings by expressing feelings all too familiar to the everyman.

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However, it’s not all doe-eyed innocence and romanticism. Black & White World also touches upon deeper themes such as social injustice and segregation. We’re living in an age of political unrest and looming uncertainty, and Rajabnik faces such issues head-on with unflinching confidence. The entire record has an overwhelming sense of hope that elevates the simplest tracks of pop into grassroots revolution anthems. It sounds good great but it also feels just as good.

As with all classic albums, Black & White World seems it was meant for vinyl.

Available on vinyl exclusively through Fonoflo Records, Black & White World is in good company. With artists such as Tennessee Jet, Riverhorse, and George Cessna, Rajabnik is an obvious choice. Fonoflo has a knack for working with gifted singer-songwriters as well as some of the most beautiful releases on the market. The black and white cover art and various limited color variants, Black & White World looks just as good as it sounds. Something that particular label prides itself in, and rightfully so.

With so much uncertainty in the world, it’s a breath of fresh air to hear an album with such hope. Rajabnik has tapped in the same sentimentality as the classics. And just like the works of Springsteen, Petty, and Westerberg, Black & White World is not only the record the every man wants, but maybe it’s the album we need.

 

For more information on Rajabnik, please visit salarrajabnik.com

To purchase Black & White World on limited edition vinyl, please visit Fonoflo Records.

 

 

 

 

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Aaron The Audiophile

Son, brother, uncle, musician. I enjoy music of all genres, shapes and sizes, preferably the good kind.

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