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Richard Reed Parry gets back to nature at POP Montreal / Montreal Gazette

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I had an hour to kill before interviewing Richard Reed Parry a couple weeks back, so I headed to Jeanne-Mance Park, where I sat on a bench and took in the gently sweeping sounds of the Arcade Fire member's second solo album, Quiet River of Dust, Vol. 1. Let me first say, this never happens. Sad but true, I don't spend my days wandering city parks listening to music. And yet, to borrow a line Parry used a few times during our talk, "it's not a coincidence."

The singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist's new album is all about getting back to nature, with song titles including Gentle Pulsing Dust, Sai No Kawara (River of Death), On the Ground and Song of Wood. After posing for Montreal Gazette photographer John Mahoney in his "Quiet"-emblazoned sweatshirt under one of Jeanne-Mance Park's regal trees, Parry explained the lush and rather trippy album art, which he had a big hand in.

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Richard Reed Parry performs Thursday, Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. at Le Ministère, as part of the POP Montreal festival.
PHOTO:  JOHN MAHONEY