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SYSTEM OF A DOWN’s SERJ TANKIAN Releases New Single ‘Amber’

SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian will launch a brand new people/classical track titled “Amber” sung in his native Armenian language this Wednesday, June 8, to audiences worldwide. It was written with Tankian‘s cultural homeland in thoughts. The track title “Amber” (pronounced “ahm-be’r”) truly means “clouds” in Armenian and is allegorical in context.

Tankian explains: “‘Amber’ was written in 2017 after I visited Armenia together with my associates Atom and ArsinĂ©e Egoyan and Eric Nazarian as members of the coalition ‘Justice For Armenia’ to function election displays for the Parliamentary elections. I used to be so distraught by the slick theft of the elections earlier than ever reaching the poll field that I wrote this track as a response. The lyrics, nevertheless, appear to be extra poignant in the present day when Armenians are divided politically and socially following the devastating assault on Nagorno-Karabagh and Armenia by Azerbaijan and Turkey in 2020 and the continual fallout over negotiations with these two dictatorial regimes. ‘Amber’‘s message is that of unity and concord. These are the one actually highly effective weapons of the Armenian nation.”

The ultimate model of the monitor was accomplished in 2022 and options further vocals from Sevak Amroyan, one other notable Armenian singer performing alongside Tankian. Amroyan is revered within the motherland and all through the diaspora for his soulful crooning of conventional and trendy Armenian people songs.

On his resolution to incorporate Amroyan on the definitive model of “Amber”, Tankian states: “Sevak‘s voice has a singular power reminiscent of our individuals’s native lands. I cherished listening to his songs like ‘Yarkhushta’ so once we met I used to be excited to work on one thing with him.”

Amroyan, who relies in Yerevan, has grown up by means of lots of the highs and low factors of Armenia’s burgeoning democracy because the collapse of the Soviet Union. His resolution to hitch Serj on singing of “Amber” is defined in his phrases: “Naturally, I’ve listened to Serj Tankian‘s music since childhood and all the time with a way of delight. After getting acquainted with him, I spotted that along with being an iconic musician he is additionally a really proud Armenian. I’m blissful about our collaboration and grateful to Serj that we’re singing ‘Amber’ collectively. It is an incredible honor for me.”

The music video for “Amber” premiered moments in the past and might be watched beneath. Directed by Hrag Yedalian, the clip showcases Tankian and Amroyan flanking one another in body singing their components whereas a younger boy (Darren Chilingirian) takes heart stage on display with a sketchbook in hand. Because the video progresses, the boy begins flipping by means of the sketchbook to disclose handwritten phrases and contextual photos from throughout the track’s Armenian lyrics. As “Amber” crescendos, the boy begins to crumble up the sketch guide pages, and throws them to the bottom. Whereas the ultimate notes of the track are carried out, the digicam pans right down to see that the crumbled-up pages have shaped into the map of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabagh (identified in Armenia and the diaspora as Artsakh). Lyrics (in each Armenian and English translation) for “Amber” might be discovered on Serj‘s YouTube web page.

Tankian has pursued justice for a lot of socio-political causes globally all through his private {and professional} profession, typically utilizing music as a instrument to encourage and unify voices for considerate change. “Amber” is the latest chapter on this lifelong effort.

Photograph credit score: Travis Shinn

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