Sevdaliza - ISON
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Based on 153 ratings
2017 Ratings: #114
April 26, 2017 / Release Date
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Twisted Elegance / Label
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There’s certainly no shortage of industrial-flavoured electronics to be found on ‘ISON’, however, these are also combined with trip hop beats, orchestral arrangements, subtle keys, stunningly agile vocals and deeply reflective lyrics, all of which are woven together into a rich and detailed tapestry.

To listen to it from start to finish is to take a decently sized day trip into another dimension, a deep exploration of Sevdaliza’s creative mind—and it couldn’t be more beautiful.


ISON is an album that gets under your skin and lingers in your thoughts. As warm and inviting as it gets at times, Sevdaliza was right not to make it too easy on the listener.

Only based on one listen but initial thoughts:

A really smooth, meditative R&B/trip-hop style album in the same vein of FKA Twigs, but with some notable differences. Sevdaliza seems to pace her songs much slower, perhaps more comparably to Lana Del Rey, making her whole aura feel more spaced out and heavy. The production also carries the Nostalgic feeling of Lana with segments of speech (Marilyn Monroe of course, being the prime example). Despite the electronic current and bass of the ... read more
Iranian singer/songwriter Sevdaliza has been steadily building up a loyal fanbase around the world with her delirious, surreal videos and soothing voice, usually accompanied by a very powerful (yet sparse) atmospheric production style behind her. It comes as no surprise, then, that her debut album, ISON, immediately reaches a considerably large audience, furthermore carrying some heavy anticipation with it. No surprises at all, the elegant artist leaves behind great past singles like That Other ... read more
"ISON" is a pretty solid project that features chilling production, great structuring and tight songwriting. Sevdaliza's vocals aren't anything to write home about, but they add to the overall atmosphere and sometimes act as a texture. My real complaint is that some ideas drag out for way too long (you could've added more lyrics to "Angel" to justify the length). If "ISON" was cut down to about 12 tracks, this would've been one of the better trip-hop records of the ... read more
Shahmaran- 8,5
Libertine- 8
Marilyn Monroe- 9
Hubris- 8,5
Amandine Invisible- 8,5
Hero- 9
Scarlette- 8,5
Bluecid- 9
Loves Way- 10
Human- 10
Do you feel real- 7
The language of limbo- 8
Replaceable- 8,5
Grace- 8,5
When I Reside- 7
Angel- 8
Hear My Pain Heal- 7,5
Com muita maestria sevdaliza entregou um dos melhores álbuns de 2017, produções bem feitas, melodias cativantes e letras inteligentes. Bluecid é uma das melhores músicas que já ouvi, esse álbum é bastante sólido e me fez ter ainda mais vontade de conhecer a sevdaliza. Seu único defeito é ser longo demais e conter uma ou duas músicas que acabam não se destacando como as outras, o que acaba dando um tom um ... read more
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Track List

  1. Shahmaran
  2. Libertine
  3. Marilyn Monroe
  4. Hubris
  5. Amandine Insensible
  6. Hero
  7. Scarlette
  8. Bluecid
  9. Loves Way
  10. Human
  11. Do You Feel Real
  12. The Language of Limbo
  13. Replaceable
  14. Grace
  15. When I Reside
  16. Angel
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Added on: April 12, 2017