System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian has released new EP Elasticity, his first major solo release in eight years.
While the charismatic vocalist has worked on a number of releases over the last few years, such as last year’s Fuktronic with Jimmy Urine and a slew of video game soundtracks, Elasticity is the first solo project to follow Tankian’s 2013 album Orca.
The five-track EP catches Tankian in his prime. The singer belts out unconventional melodies, rhythms and lyricism over a number of heavy instrumentals. A pair of piano-led ballads—“How Many Times?” and “Rumi”—deliver a brief reprieve from the breakneck hard rock tracks that make up the bulk of Elasticity.
The songs on the project were initially written for a new System of a Down album, making Tankian’s EP an intriguing glimpse at what could have been.
“When I conceived possibly doing another record with the guys from System of a Down a few years back, I started working on a set of songs that I arranged in rock format for that purpose,” Tankian revealed in a statement. “As we weren’t able to see eye to eye on the vision going forward with an SOAD album, I decided to release these songs under my moniker.”
System of a Down broke over a decade of silence last year with the release of “Protect the Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz” to help raise awareness and funds for the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh in the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh war.
The release of Elasticity was accompanied by a video for “Electric Yerevan,” which combines an energetic performance by Tankian with footage of clashes and protests all over the world. Watch it here:
And stream Elasticity below: