Release Date 07/16/2021
(Music & Texture)
2021 has already been a memorable year for producer/multi-instrumentalist Reza Safinia, with the recent release of his score for HBO Max's Warrior, preceded by the release of his piano-driven neo-classical album Yin. Today Safinia announces the arrival of Yang, his new electronic-driven album out July 16th via Music & Texture.
Whereas Yin was an album of post-classical explorations and piano-drive compositions, there were glimpses of modern electronic textures appearing throughout. On the upcoming Yang, Safinia brings these to the forefront, creating a full-fledged work showcasing his skilled electronic production techniques and various forays onto the dance floor. Following the first single "Yantra", which shared a direct bloodline to this spring's Yin, Safinia goes even further on "Shiva" -- an epic, shapeshifting track that evolves from widescreen introspection to a taut techno-leaning prowess over the course of its 10 minute run time.
Safinia provides additional insight into the new track: ""Shiva is one of the most complex Hindu deities, he destroys to create, he is the master of poison and medicine through control of snakes (Some believe this to be a reflection of dna helix manipulation). He is ascetic and also a God of fertility, he is the embodiment of life in motion. He is closely related to Kali, and Shakti, and musically this song is built on combining themes from Kali, Shakti and Within from the Yin album. I wanted to express those themes working together to tell a story of that embodied life in motion with all the complexities of his legend… The main arpeggio is my expression of the snakes, and thinking of how that might have been a metaphor for our DNA helix, a theme which I also explore in a latter track Helix."
Prior to working in film he was a songwriter and record producer/engineer with work spanning from pop to underground. He has toured with Destiny’s Child and worked with artists as diverse as Dr. Dre, Britney Spears and underground UK rapper Akala. Reza’s musical eclecticism is a reflection of his lifelong interest in Eastern philosophies and martial arts. As a yoga practitioner as well as a Daoist, the producer’s artistry is often expressed as a fusion of two worlds, marrying classical orchestration with elements of contemporary electronic music. This melding of diverse soundscapes allows for an immersive and cinematic experience in his music.
Yang is the active principle in nature that in Chinese cosmology is characterized by creativity, heaven, heat and light. Everything consists of some Yang and Yin, with varying balance, that’s what the dots in the Yin Yang symbol represent. In the new album album, Yang expressed through electronic production, but there are calls back to the Yin album through pianos and strings. Yang takes many of the themes that were established in Yin and builds on them through an electronic music exploration, experimenting with a palette of sounds ranging from electronica, melodic house and techno and downtempo.
Both albums were conceived from meditation and they are intended to connect as a tool for meditation for the listener, with different energetic emphasis. Yin is the meditation of quiet solitude. Yang is the meditation of presence with environment, connection to humanity and nature in a field dancing. Yang carries with it a hope for human connection, and a lust for celebrating life.