Enlarge Serj Tankian, 9/24/2012, The Fillmore, San Francisco, Miikka Skaffari for MetalSucks

Two More New Serj Tankian Songs: “Waiting For The Submarine” and “Blues”


System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian has continued the barrage of music from his next album, Cinematique, an assemblage of 25 cinematic compositions that roam through classical and modern soundscapes. Today sees two more new songs come to light — “Waiting for the Submarine” and “Blues” — following two other pairs earlier this week, first “Entitled” and “Piano,” then “Cyber Criminal” and “Rasputin.”

Cinematique is split up into two collections that both come out on August 6: Violent Violins, consisting of modern songs, and Illuminate, featuring more traditional compositions. It’s the latter half that today’s tracks come from, steeped in sustained piano arpeggios and haunting melodies. You won’t find any sonic similarities to System of a Down here, but it’s fun to hear this side of Serj’s creative brain.

In addition to the upcoming album, so far in 2021 Serj has released a 24-minute piano concerto, a collection of “cinematic works” featuring Tankian reading 87 poems over 48 minutes of music, and, of course, his first solo rock album, Elasticity.

System of a Down, meanwhile, remain creatively at odds with one another following the two new songs they released last November, their first in 15 years.

You can listen to Serj’s latest two tracks below.

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