After a three-year wait, last week Greece’s “drone’n’roll” act Mechanimal (Giannis Papaioanou, Freddie Faulkenberry) returned with the new song “Easy Dead,” the A-side of their new EP, “White Flag Single”, due out June 21st. Now Athenian’s scene pioneers, Mechanimal are sharing a new clip for their new EP’s B-side “Red Mirror”.
Giannis P. – “The video for “Red Mirror” was shot and directed by John Karabelas. We all admire the way images and video can be bitcrushed and pixelated and kinetic, so they turn more to some abstract painting than encoding errors. We love this kind of glitched-out aestheticism that actually has roots in net art movement of the early aughts. It’s all about hacking, cloning and copying our own stuff, when questions about rights and authenticity really become issues.”
Freddie F. – “Red Mirror is a hymn to reconstruction, rebirth, and all that comes hand in hand with that, destruction, erasing and rebuilding. It’s about decline, but not necessarily with a negative outcome.”
Στέρεο Νόβα – Ουρανός
Διασχίσαμε κάθετα το δρόμο, περνώντας ηλιοτρόπια και δάση, μετά από μέρες φτάσαμε σε έναν στρογγυλό τοίχο από νερό, ορθωνόταν μπροστά μας σαν διάφανο μονολιθικό κυκλικό σχήμα, ανέκφραστο και σιωπηλό, το νερό σχημάτιζε αργούς κυματισμούς ανάλογα με τη δύναμη της φωνής μας. Πίσω από τον τοίχο υπήρχε μια μεγάλη βαθιά τρύπα στο χώμα. Ο αέρας ήταν δυνατός πίσω από τον τοίχο. Πηγαίναμε μία πίσω και μια μία μπροστά μέχρι που πέρασαν χρόνια και σπίτια για να γυρίσουμε. Δεν μπορούσαμε να θυμηθούμε τίποτε, όποτε έλεγα μία χρονιά έλειωνε ο αριθμός σαν δάκρυ και έβλεπα τη θλίψη στο πρόσωπο ενός γορίλα που είχε χάσει την αγαπημένη του. Οι ελέφαντες κοιτάζουν με μακροθυμία τη σελήνη όταν γεμίζει, κάπως έτσι όλοι στέκονται με θαυμασμό στον αέναο κύκλο. Όταν έφυγαν από τη ζωή, τους περίμενε εκεί.
Μας έδειξε τους κανόνες της επιβεβλημένης συμπεριφοράς, τις πολυκατοικίες και το εγώ που έμοιαζε σαν τέρας από μια παλαιολιθική εποχή. Η αγάπη είναι η τέλεια στιγμή, είπε. Αν δεν συγχωρήσεις δεν μπορείς να βιώσεις την αληθινή αγάπη. Τότε είδαμε τις πόλεις ανάποδα και ένα σωρό χιλιάδες λουλούδια έπεφταν σαν βροχή. Η καρδιά δεν πεθαίνει γιατί γνωρίζει την προέλευση. Πάνω του είχαν καθίσει όλοι οι παπαγάλοι του κόσμου και τον στόλιζαν με τα φτερά τους και εμείς γελούσαμε. Μας άρεσαν οι μέρες και οι νύχτες. Δεν υπήρχε πουθενά εξορία, ούτε μέσα ούτε και έξω, παρά μόνο μια αίσθηση ανάμεσα στο χαμόγελο και το δάκρυ. Ήμασταν σε έναν ομόκεντρο. Ο εαυτός μας προσδιορίζεται μέσα από την δημιουργία, μας είπε, και αυτό … είναι το διάστημα. ΣΝ
Στέρεο Νόβα – Νέα Μόδα Από το album “Ουρανός”. Κυκλοφορεί στις 4 Μαϊου.
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Στέρεο Νόβα – Βίντεο Κλαμπ. Taken from the the legendary Greek band’s new album “Ουρανός”. Out on May 4th via Inner Ear Records. Pre-order here: http://smarturl.it/xlcrfz
So far, May Roosevelt is best known as a thereminist. She has already performed in cities such as Barcelona, Berlin, London, Istanbul, and she has collaborated with artists ranging from Tijuana groovy band Los Macuanos to Tel Aviv multi-talented artist Kutiman. Despite his collaborations, May has got three releases to his name so far, including 2011’s self released Haunted, eight musical compositions included the zeibekiko dance rhythm in “The Unicorn Died”, which was composed and presented for the first time in London at the Red Bull Music Academy in February 2010.
May Roosevelt marks her return in 2017 with her new album titled “Junea”, coming out on October 23th via Inner Ear. It’s her first release for the label.
Junea is a heroine of the modern digital world, where reality meets fiction through bridges made of electronic sounds and pixels. Musically, it could be said that she is an alter ego of May Roosevelt, adding new qualities to the artist’s existing musical identity.
In the world of Junea synthesizers rule, creating a multi-layered sound environment of crystal sounds and rhythmic beats. Ethereal vocals and encrypted lyrics lead to a parallel dreamy, three-dimensional universe that mirrors the artist’s exploration into new musical coordinates.
Stream the first single,”Pa”.
May Roosevelt – “Junea”
[Inner Ear Records]
Release date: 23 October
pre-order: Inner Ear’s website
06. In Your Eyes
Fever Kids new 7″ vinyl single “Living in Fame”/ “Little Trip” is due July 3 on Inner Ear.
Fever Kids are an dream-pop boy/girl duo formed in 2011, based in Athens, Greece. Σtella (Stella Chronopoulou) and Alex Z. create music that oscillates between pure pop and electro, with well-hidden disco elements. Their first official release in 2014 via Inner Ear, was a 7″ vinyl single including the tracks “Holding Grass” (A-side) and “Peter, Debbie, Mary” (B-side), gaining them critical-acclaim and enjoying extensive radio airplay. Fever Kids bring you their latest releases, “Living in Fame” (A side) and “Little Trip” (B side), through the 7″ series “A Distant Victory Singles Club” via Inner Ear Records. Recorded at Alex’s home studio in Athens, just after Stella’s last studio album “Works For You” came out on February 13.
Having won praise from the likes of Paste Magazine, I-D, The Line of Best Fit and Clash for her new album ‘Works For You’, Greek indie/pop artist Σtella has shared the final video made to accompany the LP. Made for the track ‘Way To Go’ it was directed by Evi Kalogiropoulou and Byron Kalomamas, shot in California and perfectly catches the track’s breezy nature.
Following on from her debut US shows at SXSW Σtellahas also revealed that she will be performing at the Release Festival in Athens on June 17th alongside the likes of Jamiroquai and Michale Kiwanuka, more details of that here.
Σtella – Works For You
Inner Ear Records
Released LP, CD and digital – Out Now!
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Freshly returned from a successful week at SXSW playing her debut US shows Greek indie-pop singer/songwriter/artists Σtella has shared a new video for her latest album’s title track ‘Works For You’. Following Stella on a day and night in Athens, working at home, rehearsing and playing live at Sonic Playground, Velvet Room, ΓΙΑΦΚΑ and Off the Record Studios the video also includes a nod to Stella’s love of Ninjas and features footage from the classic computer game Saboteur!
Directed by Dimitris Rokos. From the album “Works For You”
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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”