British-Iranian artist Hiatus is returning with a brand new album that leans into his Iranian culture, mixing it with electronic grooves. Previously, Hiatus (Cyrus Shahrad off stage) had used samples of Iranian records, poetry and nursery rhymes in his music. It was a way to unmask the veil of Iran through music and sound. His new album ‘Distancer’, due for release on the 9th of April, takes this a step further.
Across the album, Hiatus is also working with other Iranian musicians. Guests include husband and wife duo Faraz Eshghi Sahraei, who plays a string instrument called a kamancheh and Malahat Haddad, whose voice lends a historical and romantic quality to the music. Malahat features on the albums new single ‘Your Place Is Empty’. The track is lavishly bold and full of hope, life and love. Hiatus says himself that Iranian culture is full of a sense of nostalgia and you can feel that throughout the music here.
Aside from that, Hiatus fans still get to enjoy smooth beats and chill vibes. Whilst Cyrus has been making music since 2005, this is his most celebratory and uplifting collection of music for some time. As a complete newbie to his music until last week, I’ve been adding his music to my wishlist so I can discover more. I love it when you find an artist that just clicks!
Enjoy the beautiful music video for ‘Your place Is Empty’ below. The album is available for pre-order now.
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