Brooklyn duo Azar Swan burst onto the scene this past fall with their debut track “Amrika” (STREAM), the first taste of the project’s trademark mash-up of electronic soundscapes and virile songwriting. Today Azar Swan is excited to premiere their second track “Lusty” produced by the very talented Mike Dextro (Zebra Katz, Proper Villans) with Under The Radar, an exploration in anthemic swells and rolling percussion about the disappointment of expecting the underdog to come out victorious only to fail–how ambition can be your best friend and worst enemy.
Formerly the core members of sprawling, orchestral goth project Religious To Damn, Zohra Atash and Joshua Strawn changed gears early this year, turning their once instrumental ensemble into a drum machine minded, electro-centric duo. The shift was sparked by a two-fold realization from Atash and Strawn who were looking to consolidate the project, with coordinating multiple musicians often slowing the writing and performing process, combined with a mutual revived interest in electronic music and hip-hop beats pulling influences from acts like The-Dream and These New Puritans.
The self-recorded new tracks put emphasis on different rhythms and percussion to give them the feeling of mixed cultures and a multitude of influences. In a twist of poetic irony, much of the collection was tracked on the 33rd floor of a Tribeca apartment building facing site of Ground Zero / Freedom Tower, a strange tilt to the recording process with so much emphasis on the American fabric and immigrant life that runs through their work. The new tracks are set to be part of a debut record slated for release later this spring.
For those in the New York area, Azar Swan will play with Tamaryn on 2/21 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg.
“It’s a totally heady and brilliantly catchy Gothic world music tune about singer Zohra Atash’s immigrant experience in America, sung with almost childlike wonder. There’s nothing else out there that sounds like this, and if you’re lucky to be in a place where it’s warm right now this is going to resonate all the more” – USA TODAY
“Brooklyn duo Azar Swan have emerged onto the blogosphere with their unique brand of dark, industrial pop music. Reminiscent of the dark pop sentiment of Bat for Lashes and the skewed electronica of The Knife” – THE 405
“After re-envisioning the project and changing their name, the duo have shed their more rock oriented roots for an equally dark, jungle-oriented music sound. The vocals from Atash are every bit as wonderful as they were before… Zohra sings with a sense of bewilderment mixed with excitement of her experience as an immigrant in America” – DECODER MAG
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