Set to release his Middle Eastern-inspired, 16-track album, Zion, on December 13, Savant (aka Aleksander Vinter) represents a growing group of artists unafraid to explore new territories. In typical Savant style, the album is heavily themed, with clever odes to Arabic music and its vast instrumentation.
Within these themes, Zion also explores all brands of bass music—from dubstep and electro to trap and future bass—sprinkled with political undertones, complex production and melodic party vibes.
Savant himself shares a little insight behind the album and its meaning: “The main idea for the record came from being at a Jewish wedding this summer and watching people dance to it. My issue was it all sounded like cheap euro dance and I thought, ‘What if a real artist tackled those themes in modern dance music?’ I have always wanted to explore these themes in my music. The Middle East is rich with culture and sounds that most electronic music listeners have not explored just yet. You hear some Middle Eastern and Bollywood influences in hip-hop and some electronic, but its usually softer more lounge-type stuff, yet there is an unexplored side, both musically and emotionally, that I wanted to tap into. So really it’s a commentary on the world versus what is happening in the Middle East. Lots of musical metaphors for pain and longing based on past stories and themes. Zion really is its own thing.”
Pre-order Zion here.