[ Bedouin Records, 2017 ]
A massive, dark wave rises over the horizon on the debut LP by the Greek composer Constantine Skourlis. Named after the mythological underworld, with track names such as “Cosmos” or “Emptiness”, it wants to describe something epic and beyond our grasp. The first three tracks seem to come straight from the Void: endless reverb and doomy strings emulate a gargantuan cavern create an atmosphere of being lost in the vastness of space, the final track, “Erebus”, appropriates Tim Hecker with noisy, destroyed comptuer textures corroding on top of thickly layered, yet airy pianos. An experiential, cleansing experience. Recommended to listen to with headphones on.
Guessing by the sounds on this album and the cover, the Greek band’s Drunken Haze idea of alcohol inebration is getting drunk just enough to feel positively tipsy without ever losing control, yet still getting frivolous enough to expose a bit of the body and do some alluring poses. This is is the kind of band that has some underground indie smash hit potential but stays relatelively obscure until one day WHAMMO! some popular unfunny fuck like PewDiePie uses it in one of their movies and it gets elevated into Internet stardom with ADHD infested kiddos blasting it on repeat for one day and forgetting it the next day, while the hipsters foam at their mouths and spill their craft beer on the floor in protest. Oops, I’m talking about myself again. In all seriousness though, My Drunken Haze is a lovely fresh wave of 60’s influenced psych pop sound with some Technicolor haze on top of it. Damn, I’d take those tie-dye kids over PC Music any day. Or I’m just getting old. Recommended!
Despite the rather ridiculous name, this Athens, Greece based instrumental bunch have a pretty serious and refined sound. On their selt-titled 2011 debut, they fuse the looping, minimal set-up of Pharaoh Overlord with hints of Chicagoan school of post-rock (as in: Tortoise) and penchant for Can worship with relentless rhythmical drumming a’la Jaki Liebezeit. The album just goes on and on, without ever stopping and taking you into the whirlwind. It plays like the musical representation of Le Corbusier’s vision of a perfect city, the Ville Radieuse, the never realized ultimate modernist dream of a cty, the linear utopia powered by autobahns. Let the kraut-math fest begin. Highly recommended!
Originally released in February 2012 in an edition of 135 tapes from the KILLER label SicSic Tapes (I think the spirit of Stunned Records travelled all the way across the globe and settled in this German imprint, coming back to the sourceof the kosmische power), this tape by Greece’s whiz kid Panos Alexiadis is a touching display of Panos’ knack for creating eternally blissful and suspended prog electronic structures. Despite their delightful delicacy and fragile, impermanent nature, the sounds beneath are adamant and powerful, bringing scraps of melodies under the wall of shimmering drone. Available for free download from Bandcamp, get it immediately!