Sevdaliza “ISON” – Album Review
On Ison, Sevdaliza invokes the sensual, trance-like hypnotism of FKA twigs and Banks whilst emulating the touching, trip-hop simplicity of Portishead. Likening her tracks to her offspring, she radiates the transcendent prowess of a maternal goddess, using crackly beats and manipulating orchestral strings to create an eerie atmosphere with tense results. This is most evident on ‘Libertine’, one of the albums highlights, as well as ‘Scarlette’; where the ascending vocal hook penetrates the conscience among stuttering synths. ‘Bluecid’ marks the albums largest production as the track clambers to a mighty peak of sirens, enveloping thunderous synths and a vocal cry to call upon all the celestial gods. She reigns it in on ‘Human’ with immense results, creating a shadowy track full of obscure tenacity. With the very first song title sat righteously above all 15 of her other children, album opener ‘Shahmaran’ encapsulates the slithering and elusive, sexual appeal Sevdaliza illustrates with an achingly majestic demeanour, espoused with a dark rapport, blunted by her smokey voice. She has marked herself as a true Iranian muse with a snaky aesthetic as smooth as the scales of her melodies.