Sevdaliza - Shabrang album
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  • The album does not open up Sevdaliza's work from some new angle, but she manages to bring all the key features of her creativity to an impeccable state - refined songs with minimalistic instrumental accompaniment on the way are overgrown with all sorts of interesting things, like jumping bass, electronic beats, dark synths, etc. At the same time, there are a lot of orchestral elements that work harmoniously with the singer's trembling voice

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      Emphasizing the importance of Persian culture in her work, the Iranian-born singer calls her second studio album the word “Shabrang” - that was the name of the black horse belonging to Siyâvash from the book of the Shahnameh kings. Siyâvash symbolizes virtue, honesty and courage - being the son of a king and a concubine who accused him of rape, he decided to prove his innocence and drove through the fire on Shabrang and did not receive a single burn. Later, Siyâvash went into voluntary exile in Turan, where he fell

      in love with the daughter of the local king, for which he was eventually killed - his death caused a war between the two states.

      Shabrang came with the prince to righteousness, which is why Sevdaliza decided to compare the faithful horse with her sophomore album - this album taught her to love herself and made her vulnerable so that she could feel the artistry that she had been striving for throughout her career.

      The oriental motives on the album merge violently with the western songwriting style. But unlike real Europe, the two

      different cultures don’t clash with each other on the album itself. Live instruments here intersect with synthetics - 808s and trap snares appear in the song with a guitar melody, and the main banger of the tracklist “Oh My God” sounds as if Kanye from 2015 took part in its creation: Sevdaliza under a layer of autotune addresses God with the help of the devalued masses of the phrase “my God”, discussing in prayer the political climate between Iran and the United States. The only track on the album that contains ...

      • Sevdaliza - Shabrang album
      swearing is also associated with the sacred theme of faith and the personal revelation of Sevdaliza in a conversation with his beloved.

      The album does not open up Sevdaliza’s work from some new angle, but she manages to bring all the key features of her creativity to an impeccable state - refined songs with minimalistic instrumental accompaniment on the way are overgrown with all sorts of interesting things, like jumping bass, electronic beats, dark synths, etc. At the same time, there are a lot of orchestral elements that work harmoniously with the

      singer’s trembling voice.

      One of the best albums of 2020 for me personally - the 15-track volume is justified, the theme is well implemented, it is interesting to dig into this from the point of view of production research, and the questions that everyone will ask themselves are neatly scattered throughout the release. Including political, religious and other conflicting things. And there is also a cool cover - it depicts Sevdaliz with a glittering black eye, simultaneously revealing his vulnerability and demonstrating the power hidden in it, this is such a contradictory paradox.




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