System Of A Down vocalist Serj Tankian is now streaming his new Armenian-language single "Amber." The single features additional vocals from Sevak Amroyan and was written in 2017 after Tankian visited the country as part of the Justice For Armenia coalition. The video for "Amber" was directed by Hrag Yedalian, and the single will be available on all streaming services this Wednesday.
"'Amber' was written in 2017 after I visited Armenia along with my friends Atom & Arsinee Egoyan and Eric Nazarian as members of the coalition 'Justice For Armenia' to serve as election monitors for the Parliamentary elections," said Tankian. "I was so distraught by the slick theft of the elections before ever reaching the ballot box that I wrote this song as a response.
"The lyrics however seem to be more poignant today when Armenians are divided politically and socially following the devastating attack on Nagorno-Karabagh and Armenia by Azerbaijan and Turkey in 2020 and the continuous fallout over negotiations with those two dictatorial regimes. 'Amber's' message is that of unity and harmony. Those are the only truly powerful weapons of the Armenian nation."
"NaturalIy, I have listened to Serj Tankian's music since childhood and always with a sense of pride," said Amroyan about his appearance on the single. "After getting acquainted with him, I realized that in addition to being an iconic musician he's also a very proud Armenian. I am happy about our collaboration and thankful to Serj that we're singing 'Amber' together. It's a great honor for me."