Ardalan’s ‘Mr. Good’ LP, announced today via DIRTYBIRD, offers a distinctive and emotional look into the heart and mind of a young artist. It’s a coming-of-age tale and an aural exploration of the producer’s path—from growing up in his two homes of Iran and San Francisco, to finding success and grappling with the sacrifice that comes with it. The story unfolds across eleven tracks produced amongst the crests and valleys that define the perpetual search for creative freedom.
‘Mr. Good’ is housed on DIRTYBIRD, who to Ardalan is more of a second family than it is his label home. As a nascent raver living sans parents in San Francisco, the teenage artist began his relationship with the brand at its very first BBQ event in 2007; by 2010 his career set sail with his Justin Martin collaboration “Mr. Spock,” and two years later he found himself living with his production partner. After cultivating his career and giving him a safe place to experiment, Ardalan returns the boundless love and support he’s received from DIRTYBIRD over the years with a forward-thinking record that enters the imprint into an inspiring new chapter.
In pushing his sound into the future, Ardalan looks to the past. ‘Mr. Good’ brims with analog accents from a carefully curated collection of hardware the producer has built over the years—adding a classic feel to an otherwise futuristic project. Brooding minor key work carries the album into a new direction, drawing on inspiration from the melancholic Iranian music that defined his early development.These motifs tie into a larger sonic story, resulting in an album as stirring as it is danceable.
‘Mr. Good’s’ first single “I Can’t Wait,” available to stream today, encapsulates the LP’s dynamic. The track’s poignant melodies and striking vocal convey the sense of isolation felt when one’s passion and goals outweigh personal and emotional upkeep. Ardalan offers the track as a fitting first listen of the record. Listen here
‘Mr. Good is about a story of self-acceptance. In some cases, we strive to be the perfect person. Yet, we never learn to be ourselves. We and society are forced to wear a mask to hide our true traits and flaws, which are the very reasons which push us to be a better person in this world.’
‘I Can’t Wait is a duet with my girlfriend. It’s one of the last songs i made on my album because through the process, she was always waiting for me to watch game of thrones with her and she would say “I can’t wait any longer”. I never ended up watching it. The song is open to interpretation for the listener.’
Ardalan – Recalibration (INTRO)
Ardalan – I Can’t Wait
Ardalan – Osci
Ardalan – Orange Dreams
Ardalan – Mr. Good Feat. Party Patty
Ardalan – Zombie Village
Ardalan – Mr. Bad
Ardalan – Strength Feat. Erica Dee
Ardalan – Warped Soul
Ardalan – Baba Cosmo
Ardalan – Lifted Feat. Claire George