“Divine Addiction ft. Shahin Rashidi” is the latest from Art Tawanghar. It’s unique in that it's the first song I have reviewed that came with a video. This was a song where I had a different interpretation of what the song meant when viewing the video and just listening to the music and lyrics.
The music itself felt like classic Art Tawanghar in that it mixes contemporary sounding electronic music with Eastern influence. Furthermore on this song you can hear hints of hip-hop and club music.
The video starts off sort of zen. You get video of whirling dervishes, nature and people doing artistic things like interpretive dance. The dichotomy of this is video of night clubs, alcohol being poured and a DJ. My first thoughts was the video was about the intoxicating nature of love itself. He compares that feeling he gets as you would from someone who has a couple of drinks and it seems to be a metaphor for love. You also see the first person shots of this beautiful young girl in slow motion which implies this is the feeling he is talking about. That’s one interpretation.
The other perhaps more interesting and unique interpretation is that he is transcending the ego through self inquiry. Some of the language here reminded me of Ramana Maharshi and Jiddu Krishnamurti. The lyrics especially in the beginning suggest this is more about self-transcendence rather than romantic love. He sings, “One morning I will leave myself / Silently leave with my own inner Sufi.”
That’s some of the beauty about music in my opinion. Once it leaves the artist and becomes public anyone can interpret how they want it and in a sense it no longer belongs to the artist. “Divine Addiction ft. Shahin Rashidi” is an example of music providing layers on interpretive meaning between the images and sounds it unveils.
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