Una delle cose migliori del passare qualche giorno con amici che non si vedono da un poì è la scoperta di qualche canzone nuova. Alcuni giorni fa, mentre mi trovavo a Fidenza, ho scoperto Harakiri, il nuovo album da solista di Serj Tankian, vocalist e autore musicale armeno-americano che ha raggiunto il successo planetario con i System of a Down. Tankian, voce inconfondibile, ha realizzato 5 album con il gruppo, ma si dedica spesso allo sviluppo di side project indipendenti: Harakiri è il suo terzo album da solista dopo Elect the Dead e Imperfect Harmonies, oltre ad un album realizzato con Arto Tunçboyacıyan dei Serart.

Harakiri è un lavoro dedicato al nostro pianeta, e affronta non solo i temi naturalistici del global warming e del rispetto per la natura, ma anche quello più forte della strategia capitalistica che sta portando l’uomo a barattare le risorse della Terra per denaro, facendo, per l’appunto Harakiri, uccidendo se stesso con un’ottica suicida. Tankian tratteggia nel testo della sua canzone non solo l’uomo che uccide se stesso e il proprio pianeta, ma anche gli animali che uccidono loro stessi, cadendo dal cielo o andando a spiaggiarsi volontariamente in una sorta di suicidio di massa. Temi forti, che la musica aiuta a drammatizzare con un ritmo coinvolgente.

Questo è il testo originale della canzone che ha dato il titolo all’album. Un album che, davvero, vale la pena avere nella sua interezza. Buon ascolto!

HARAKIRI

We’re the day birds
Deciding to fly against the sky
Within our dreams, we all wake up
To kiss the ones who are born to die

We’re the greying herds
Hurting each other with our lies
Within our dreams, we all wake up
To kiss the ones who are born…
Born to die
Born to die

The drum fish
They beached themselves in Harakiri
The blackbirds
They fell in thousands from the sky
Their red wings
Streaming down from the higher seas
Deflected by the ground
They crowned the sun

They crowned the sun (They crowned the sun)
They crowned the sun (They crowned the sun)
But I believe that they are free
When their time was done (Their time was done)
They were drowned by the only one (They crowned the sun)
But I believe that they are free
Washed by the sun

Our statues
The soaring edifice of our times
Detracted from the ways of the wise
The future will view all history as a crime
So father, tell us when is the time to rise

They crowned the sun (They crowned the sun)
They crowned the sun (They crowned the sun)
But I believe that they are free
When their time was done (Their time was done)
They were drowned by the only one (They crowned the sun)
But I believe that they are free

We’re the day birds
Deciding to fly against the sky
Within our dreams, we all wake up
To kiss the ones who are born to die

We’re the greying herds
Hurting each other with our lies
Within our dreams, we all wake up
To kiss the ones who are born…
Born to die

They crowned the sun (They crowned the sun)
They crowned the sun (They crowned the sun)
But I believe that they are free
When their time was done (Their time was done)
They were drowned by the only one (They crowned the sun)
But I believe that they are free
They crowned the sun (They crowned the sun)
They crowned the sun (They crowned the sun)
But I believe that they are free
And we believe that they are free
Cause I believe that they are me
Washed by the sun