Leon Of Athens has released his new song ‘Aeroplane’, the first single proper to be taken from his forthcoming album produced by David Kosten (Bat For Lashes, Everything Everything) due out later this year.
Alongside the new single, the highly acclaimed Greek indie-pop experimentalist has announced a seven-date UK headline tour. It kicks off at The Lexington, London on March 17th and finishes on April 1st at Newcastle’s Jumpin’ Jacks, calling at major cities in-between.
‘Aeroplane’ leads with solemn guitars and a sole kick drum, unveiling images reminiscent of an indie road movie. While the verses create conflicting emotions around love in the digital age, the song breaks into an uplifting, chiming chorus, becoming a hopeful ode to modern day love and its unpredictable highs and lows.
The new single follows the recent reveal of ‘Xenos’, also taken from the new album. ‘Xenos’ is a powerful politically themed song, with dark creeping electronics and stark guitars.
Leon has been inspired by life within a country that has been facing many challenges during recent years. His music has become a huge draw in his home country where he has played to audiences of thousands, and has become highly championed overseas gaining praise from the likes of The Guardian, NME, Q, New York Times and more.
Leon Of Athens’ captivating and beautiful new music will become an even more moving force live this month. Full UK tour dates are below:
LEON OF ATHENS UK LIVE DATES
17/03 – London, The Lexington
27/03 – Brighton, Latest Bar
28/03 – Sheffield, Rocking Chair
29/03 – Bristol, Thunderbolt
30/03 – Manchester, The Castle
31/03 – Liverpool, Zanzibar
01/04 – Newcastle, Jumpin Jacks
Dimitris Papadatos is a multi-instrumentalist and producer who just released his sophomore album “Ganja” as KU. His songwriting practice is mainly based on improvisational techniques and oblique strategies and the lyrics are based on his – yet unpublished, poetry.
Since KU’s 2013 debut “Feathers”, many things have changed. Proxima-b was discovered, the socio-economical state in Greece started falling apart, a snowstorm brought a hurricane, the seas became tombs, watching a concert became life threatening and his other projects Jay Glass Dubs and The Hydra started taking off, gaining international acclaim. Inside this turmoil and with an aftermath of changes in his personal life taking the lead, he decided it was time for all the material laying dormant in his demos to take shape into a second album.
Spiraling from the throbbing force of “A Happening” to the shuttered melancholy of “Cypriol”, “Ganja” is an album of departures and arrivals, a faint signature of a life past and the decision for a new one. The album’s lyrics are the main objective. Holding strong position on matters such as power, love, ambition and depression, it underlines the addiction that may come to all of the above separately and simultaneously. The words are to make “Ganja” a severe read-through of the artist’s psyche transformed in its duration in front of the listener’s own ears.
Like the plant that gave the album its name, the music in “Ganja” is a beneficial parasite, a strong symbiotic and a deja-vu of emotions, smells, melodies and orchestrations, indefinable yet so specific. The instrumentation is deliberately as elemental as possible, emphasizing on the essence of sound. Space guitars, Battiato-ian moogs, persuasive percussion and hummed protoelectronics juxtaposed with acoustic fragility, choral grandiose and white reggae moods reveal a process that is never militant towards one direction.
Recorded live in its larger amount, with the talent, musicianship and knowledge of his long time collaborators Baby Guru in their Marginalia Studio and produced by the band’s Prins Obi and King Elephant as well as KU himself, in Mondays between May and June 2015, “Ganja” is a personal story sung and played between friends who fight, love, decide and forget each other but never unknow what brings them together. That sacramental moment when everything is in sync and the words and sounds float freely and fill up the room like smoke from a dried out herb.
Music and lyrics by KU. Additional music by Baby Guru. Produced by King Elephant, Prins Obi and KU.
01 A Happening
04 Dry Dates
05 Spring Elevator
06 Olympic Complex
07 Oolong “SoundCloud Radio edit”
Pre order here: https://nuttywombat.bandcamp.com/album/3431-years-ep
Just when you got used to new albums arriving on a Friday, Greek indie pop singer, songwriter Σtella has bucked the trend, gone rogue and decided to release her stunning 2nd album ‘Works For You’ today (Monday). Which is great because it’s an amazing record and the sooner people can listen to it the sooner they can get some temporary relief from this crazy world.
Written and arranged by Σtella (with the exception of two tracks -“Nest” and “Walk Like I Taught You” – co-written with Velissarios Prassas), the album was recorded in Athens in 2016 and produced by artist and producer Nteibint and Σtella.
“Works For You” tells stories – its eleven pop songs talk about love and friendship, and celebrate introspection. With this album, Σtella has taken her music two steps forward, further refining her sound and continuing with her ambitious blends of pop and singer-songwriter influences to create her tightest and most mature work yet.
To mark release day Σtella has also uploaded a live video of her performing ‘I’ll Never Be’ live at Sonic Playground in Athens. You can also now stream the album in full on Spotify and Bandcamp (where you can also pick up the coloured vinyl) and purchase from iTunes and the like.
Order now: http://smarturl.it/83n8q3
A few weeks after the release of “Berlin During Winter“, the first single of Sarah P.’s upcoming debut album Who Am I, Holly delivers a remix that’s bending between tropical house and chill-out.
Along today’s remix release Sarah shared an article stating:
“Today, I’m writing to share with you a piece of sunshine. Holly, a very talented young man from Portugal, reworked Berlin During Winter and gave it a South European treatment. And it got sunny and summery – definitely nostalgic and eerie. It lost its rocky edge, but for a very reassuring beat and calming piano melody that’s embracing the words and the feelings. Berlin During Winter is not depressive now – it’s just melancholic, like a beautiful girl with dark lips and a nonchalantly empty look. But she’s got more to it, the song’s got more to it.
As I wrote in my previous letter to you, Berlin During Winter is about all those things that I cannot wrap around my head. I ask you to take a moment and think of all the things that you cannot understand. All those things that are happening in the world and upset you, annoy you or leave you in shock. […] My solidarity goes to all of you who feel confused and disoriented. We’ll always have Berlin during winter.”
Find more info on Sarah P.’s debut album Who Am I (out on May 12 via EraseRestart) here.
It is the second time that Sarah P. & Holly work together. In 2015, the Portuguese producer already remixed “Galaxy” by Sun Glitters & Sarah P. Since then, Holly toured Europe, North America, Australia, China, and India, released with labels like Buygore, Fool’s Gold Records, Dim Mak Records, Elysian Records, Good Enuff, Divison Recordings and Circus Records. Holly also counts with the support from The Chainsmokers, Baauer, Noisia, Bassnectar, UZ, Dyro, DJ Craze, DJ Shadow, Borgore, Steve Aoki, David Guetta, Laidback Luke, Martin Garrix and many more. |
S.W.I.M. (Someone Who Isn’t Me) debut 7inch is out February 1st via Inner Ear. A new music project by three women in Athens: Marilena Orfanou (synths, composer – Berlin Brides, DJ Loo) Maria Hatzakou (drums – film producer at Haos Film) Gina Dimakopoulou (guitar – Katrin the Thrill). They love analogue sounds and toy synths, chaotic guitars, fake strings, female vocals and off-beat rhythms.
S.W.I.M.’s first appearance was a live ciné concert at the 16th Festival du Film Francophone de Grèce in 2015, where they performed their original soundtrack for the silent 1929 film Astero.
S.W.I.M.’s first single “Never Find It” featuring Natasha Giannaraki was written specially for the closing credits of Athina Rachel Tsangari’s 2015 feature film “Chevalier”, which won Best Film at the BFI London Film Festival.
Their first official release on Inner Ear is a 7″ vinyl single including the tracks Stop & Remember (A Side) and “Leap Of Faith” (B Side), featuring Coti K. and Σtella.
S.W.I.M. and Σtella will represent Greece in SXSW 2017.
“”Stop and Remember” was originally written for a movie about six men playing power, funny games, stuck in a boat in the middle of the sea. It all started with an obsessive ride cymbal rhythm that reminded us of the waves. It’s a pop song within a “soundtrack” filled with strings and toy synths, that will definitely make you look up! We are happy to have the track included in Inner Ear’s 7inch project “A Distant Victory Singles Club”.”
“Stop & Remember” – Music by Marilena Orfanou & Σtella, Lyrics & Vocals by Σtella Produced by Someone Who Isn’t Me & Σtella Mixed & Additional Production by NTEIBINT.
Athens, Greece psych-pop four-piece Baby Guru have announced their new album “IV”, follows the group’s 2015 mini-album “Sunshine Special” and is out on April 7th via Inner Ear. Below, hear the first track from the album, “Tell Me What You’re Made Of,” and check out the cover artwork and full tracklist.
After releasing their third full-length LP “Marginalia” in 2014, the members of Baby Guru spent the last years focusing on their individual careers. Singer Prins Obi and drummer King Elephant both released solo efforts and bassist Sir Kosmiche joined the psych-rock outfit “Chickn” and produced the debut album of Molimo (an African duo from Congo, performing live in the streets of Athens).
This year, Baby Guru’s fourth proper LP finds the band as a quartet and willing to push the boundaries once again, delivering their richest set of songs to date, both musically and lyrically.
They remain open to new directions without forgetting their roots and trademark sound and they seem mature enough to convey their feelings and thoughts on everyday struggle, (cosmic) unfulfilled romances, the illusions of fame, half-forgotten dreams, imaginary folk bands and disco freaks. “IV” is a hymn to group life and the work of four childhood friends who are seeking genuine forms of expression in a cold-hearted world.
Baby Guru are: Prins Obi (vocals,keys), King Elephant (drums), Sir Kosmiche (bass) and Kon Kon (guitar).
1. Tell Me What You’re Made of
2. Bluebird Picnic
3. Oaxaca (The Calvino Song)
4. Before Sundown
5. Motel Rwanda
6. Palace in the Sun
7. Nothing Really Bothers Me
Magenta Flaws was a 3 membered band. It all begun back in 2007. DeN and Tsoupziggy were friends, tsoupziggy and Jimmi Routis were friends and one day Tsoupziggy introduced DeN to Jimmi Routis and flawed as they all were, decided to paint themselves magenta and form Magenta Flaws. Somewhere down the path, Leloo came along and wanted to paint her flaws magenta too. And recently Thodoris joined this flawed group. Magenta Flaws is now a 5 membered band.
Starting off as an ambient experimental group, Magenta Flaws discreetly presented “Landscape” in 2007 and “Liebe” in 2008. A long period of continual experimentation on capabilities and possibilities, led them to alternate tunes, originating their third project and debut album “Corridor”, released in 2016
Their current sound takes turns among elements of trip hop and alternative rock, shaping their unique kind of old – school aesthetic. Magenta Flaws live and love in Athens / Greece.