Erki Pärnoja's decade long career reaches new heights
As the guitarist of Estonian art-pop group Ewert and the Two Dragons, Erki Pärnoja’s self-titled project shows off his multi-instrumental abilities. Pärnoja’s universe incorporates ethereal synth-based rock into reverb-heavy instrumental tracks. His current body of work includes 2017’s Efterglow (LP) and 2015’s Himmelbjerget (EP), along with single releases of “Leva,” and “Doors Dance.” Each complex recording is an intricate stitching of 70s guitar and psychedelic electro pop.
Directed by Ingel Vaikla, Erki Pärnoja’s accompanying “Efterglow” short film was awarded as best music video at the 2017 Estonian Music Video Awards. In 2018, Pärnoja won both Indie/Alternative Album of the Year and Male Artist of the Year at the Estonian Music Awards. When playing live, Erki Pärnoja, is accompanied by six additional members: Jonas Kaarnamets (guitars), Filip Leyman (keyboards), Tarvi Kull (keyboards), Peedu Kass (bass), and Ulrik Ording and Kristjan Kallas (drums and percussion).
Erki Pärnoja’s band, Ewert and the Two Dragons, was founded in 2008, meaning Pärnoja’s live performance experience is over a decade in the making. The band conquered Europe and brought home a slew of awards. This has provided the foundation for Pärnoja to continue growing musically and keep challenging himself. Pärnoja’s independent project is the culmination of all his experiences with an added sense of freedom.