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Elasticity (2021) – System of a Down-All about the song

“... This is a kind of challenge to the diversity of thematic expressions: political, non-political. I think it's always been everywhere. I guess I'll only call it elasticity because I wanted to do it with System and it didn't happen...”

About the track “Elasticity” (System of a Down) and the video for it…

"Elasticity" is the name given to the musical novelty of 2021 from System of a Down! The song was released by Serj Tankian as the first single from the upcoming solo EP, which is full of recycled System Of A Down material... By the way: the track also has a cool video that makes it clear to the listeners what exactly to expect from the musician's solo project... The main role the music video was performed by Sasha Bortich, a Russian actress who starred in a number of well-known films: Serf, Viking, Policeman from Rublyovka and many others.

A little about the solo EP...

elasticity (Serge Tankian's solo ep cover)
elasticity (Serge Tankian's solo ep cover)

For many years, fans of System Of A Down have been patiently waiting for the release of the band's new album. However, back in 2018, Serj Tankian stated that the only way the band would release a new album was if it was considered right... Shortly thereafter, System Of A Down bassist Shavo Odadjian stated that their new music "exceeds everything, what they did" in the past. However, the band continued to be stumped about the release of their new album... Then, almost a year later, Daron Malakian - the band's guitarist - explained that creative differences between the band members were the main reason SOAD hadn't released a new album yet...

Serj Tankian
Serj Tankian

Although System Of A Down returned with their first new music in nearly 15 years back in November, there is still no sign of a new full-length album. Now Tankian is taking some of those stripped-down System Of A Down songs and releasing them himself. And now, at the end of March 2021, the release of a new solo EP called "Elasticity" is scheduled! In fact, the title is actually a reproduction of the widely acclaimed 2001 album Toxicity System Of A Down. By the way: The 5-track release includes songs that Tankian originally wrote with System Of A Down in mind.

“When a few years ago I was thinking about maybe doing another album with the guys from System of a Down, I started working on a set of songs that I arranged in a rock format for that purpose,” says Tankian. "Because we couldn't agree on a future SOAD album, I decided to release these songs under my own name..."

In 2020, Tankian told Rolling Stone what fans can expect from this new five-track solo EP:

“So, I decided to finish these songs and release them on my own,” the musician said. “And these are really interesting and beautiful tracks - from heavy System-style music to fabulously beautiful ballads - including piano, string arrangements and the like. For only five tracks, the album is quite diverse. And the theme is also quite diverse - a song about terrorism; a song about the protests in Armenia many years ago; the song is about my son Rumi, in some ways it is a tribute to the poet Rumi and his namesake!”

Track list:

  • "elasticity"
  • "Your Mom"
  • Rumi
  • How Many Times?
  • Electric Yerevan

Music video

Along with the track, Serj Tankian also presented a touching video, in which the main role was played by Russian actress Sasha Bortich. The director was the notorious Vladislav Kaptur (editor of the film "Hardcore"), and the video was produced by Ilya Naishuller, known for several clips of the Leningrad group and the cult "False Alarm" by The Weeknd.

By the way: in the first week alone, the clip scored more than 700 thousand views! The main heroine of the video, Alexandra Bortich, is known to the Russian public for her participation in such films as "Kholop", "Viking", "Policeman from Rublyovka" ... Now the girl is guaranteed success abroad!

Conclusion…

system of a Down
system of a Down

Along with the new EP, Tankian is also releasing his new film titled Truth To Power (expected to premiere on February 19th). The project includes exclusive interviews and original footage filmed personally by Tankian. In addition, the film contains some unreleased music from his Elasticity EP. "Truth To Power" gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at an international rock star whose belief in music has revolutionized not only heavy metal but world events. Throughout his life, the musician has strived for social justice, using the power of his songs and celebrities for real political change. Serge's voice is equally likely to take on the greed of American corporations: the musician boldly criticized the corrupt regime of his homeland! His years-long campaign for the official recognition of the Armenian Genocide in the United States was finally approved by Congress in December 2019!

“... This is a kind of challenge to the diversity of thematic expressions: political, non-political. I think it's always been everywhere. I guess I'll only call it elasticity because I wanted to do it with System, and it didn't happen…”

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