Savant Releases New Themed Album, ‘ZION’
Devout fans of Savant know that he is an interesting individual. Diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at an early age, he developed an incredible knack for music. The SectionZ (the label known for launching the career of deadmau5) artist, has released 10 full-length themed albums since his signing; the latest of these releases being 'ZION,' a captivating exploration of Middle-Eastern influences.
The sounds listeners hear while listening to ZION not only reflect Middle-Eastern musical structures, but also serve as a comment on the continued conflicts of the region. Tracks like "Apocalypse" embrace aggressive, hard-hitting progressions to embody the chaos and horrors associated with the wars of the Middle-East.
“Writing about the Middle East has been in my mind a long time,” Savant says. “It’s a very touchy subject, but the album has a lot of black humor and anti-irony amidst the heavier things. It's all about how you interpret it. If you're Jewish you hopefully hear Zion as a bar mitzvah party record; if you're a conspiracy theorist, you'll see it as an Illuminati thing; and if you're a kid, you'll just perceive it as a bunch of cool dubstep and electronic music to download.”
Savant clearly understands the weight of producing an album with such questionable inspirations, yet offers the prospect of peace and unity in the ZION's intricate artwork.
The album's beautiful artwork portrays each of the nations addressed in its war-focused theme combined, suggesting that someday peace and togetherness will overcome the religious differences of these nations affected. It's a powerful statement, especially coming from an electronic music artist, most of whom's audiences are undeniably apolitical. While this is unchartered territory for "EDM," such advancements by artists like Savant help to raise awareness to the issues that exist elsewhere in the world. It's music with a purpose, all while supplying the sounds that are fit for state-of-the-art sound systems at the world's premier dance music events.
One listen to a track like "Mecca" reveals the newfound relationship between Savant's influences and recognizable production mastery. Coming from an artist who has landed at Beatport's #1 spot on seven separate Beatport charts (Dubstep, Drum and Bass, Electro-House, Glitch Hop, Drumstep, Indie Dance/Nu Disco and Overall) simultaneously, there's just no telling what kind of electronic fury will hit the speakers and headphones of listeners who dive into ZION for the first time.
Tracks like "Castle of Gods" give his audience an inside look on how closely Savant has studied the music associated with the cultures ZION focuses on. Savant brilliantly combines these musical inspirations with the sounds and style that his fans have come to know and love.
Even throwing reggae into his mix, Savant shows that no genre is off-limits. With previous themed albums including video games, Medieval and Renaissance composition, and space rock themes, he is living proof that unchartered territory is a comfortable place for the most talented dance music producers.
Preview the entire album with the ZION teaser below.
Pick up Savant's ZION on iTunes HERE!