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    Wed, 31 Mar 2010 09:35:50

    Ex-System of A Down Vocalist Serj Tankian Mixing New Album <i>Imperfect Harmonies</i> - The eclectic and eccentric singer's second solo album is due in late summer

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    Serj Tankian, the curly-mopped, eclectic frontman for the on-hiatus rock band System of a Down, is currently mixing his new solo album, Imperfect Harmonies, which is the follow-up to 2007's Elect the Dead. The Tank is producing the effort himself, at his home studio is Los Angeles. The album will see a late summer release through Serjical Strike/Reprise.

    Elect the Dead is essentially a rock record with progressive melodic elements,” Tankian said in a statement. “Imperfect Harmonies could be classified as rock because it is punchy with many peaks throughout, but the instrumentation is somewhat different. Though there are live drums, bass, and some guitars, the driving aspects are electronic and orchestral. It's quite unique in its sound palette. This is, in essence, music that has sat in the vat and matured to a ripe sensation and is now ready to serve."

    Furthermore, Tankian said, "I have been calling the music 'electro-orchestral-jazz-rock' because it has all of those aspects in prominence within the songs. A few are more stripped down, but the majority of the songs have this huge wall of sound presented in a way I've never heard before. It's not common to have a song that is both electronic and orchestral since one is synthetic and the other organic, but I found a way of meshing a lot of these colors together." The singer also said that his experience crafting Elect the Dead Symphony, which was a symphonic interpretation of his solo debut that performed in New Zealand with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in March 2009! The performance was released as a CD/DVD dubbed Elect the Dead Symphony.

    Tankian also admitted, "My intentions have always been to make music that is creative, quality, and moving. I have never learned the static method of repeating myself musically whether in System or now. Each record I have made has been different musically, yet they all carry the same integral spirit."

    Do you yearn for System of a Down to get back together?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    03.31.10




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