Greek musician Vasilis Chountas is exploring the grander, rhythmic realm with the new album Emperico. As the title suggests, the single signals his departure from the minimalist Dolphins in the Sky. The official single is called Memories (see the video attached to this post). The melancholic tune is embellished by chilled beats and electronic orchestra. This is more ‘pop’ than anything he has composed.
The video is includes the following credits:
Whodoes Musica is the studio.
Editing : Aris Trianatafillou
Graphic Animations : Konstantinos Kefalianos
Whoever tornadoman14 is, he left us with a timeless gem that I was not able to see the first time it came out. I am talking about the full concert of the October Project way back in 1996 after they released their sophomore album Falling Further In. Yes I read the magazine reviews but information was very slow in the 90s. Finally here it is. And as usual I am captivated by the gorgeous voice of Mary Fahl. She is promoting her single Exiles. It’s a theme from the audio book of Anne Rice called The Wolves of Mid Winter.
Mary Fahl (lead vocals), Marina Belica (vocals, keyboards), David Sabatino (vocals, guitars), and husband-and-wife Emil Adler (vocals, keyboards, melodies) and Julie Flanders (lyrics). Urbano Sanchez (percussion)
It’s a slow Sunday. I think Red Sonnet is your cup of tea today as this music evokes that feeling of relaxation. I also appreciate the style as the music is all about texture and the sense of space. There are times when the noise and pop junk gets too much and really, you all know this by now that less is more. So please have a listen to Red Sonnet and tell me if this group evoke a sense of ease and richness brought about by the abundance of blessings we get from family and friends.
They are promoting Sacred King. The Celt in me loves the title. But you better hear the vocals. If you love groups like Secret Garden and artists like Enya, Sleepthief and Seay then you will really appreciate this. I love the visuals too. Alter your reality with Red Sonnet. Have a great Sunday everyone!
Australian composer pianist Fiona Joy Hawkins is there to remind me why I became a music lover in the first place. We are all made of layers. If you peel mine you would discover that the deeper part goes back to this type of genre. It is in that ‘quiet and private’ moments that the notes reveal themselves. I know there are other forms of music that make us dance. There are tunes that are ‘out there.’ But there is always a time for getting inside ourselves to think about the here and now. And that’s what the music of Fiona Joy Hawkins is all about-introspection.
I love her style of playing the piano. I also like her way of arranging tracks. She keeps them simple. She also keeps everything diverse (as I hear ethnic instruments in some of her tunes). Naked Love reminds me of that time in your childhood when everything felt so carefree and you just watch the clouds pass by. The first single is Running on Joy. It is sounds like small waves running across a silver pond. It features ethnic instruments like the Jews harp and the didgeridoo. They form a primal curtain around this piano-driven track emblazoned with light vocals.
My personal favorite is Gliding because of the melody. It sounds exactly what yearning feels like. Another is Antarctica which features the sound of the oboe among other instruments. But trust me when I say that all the tracks in this album are beautiful. They just wait for the right time to become part of your life. Over all, 600 Years in a Moment is a doorway to another world and time. It is an album that has delicate classical playing along with modern touch. As this is ‘mood music,’ I like playing the album when I am by my window watching a bird building a nest. It is a friendly haven in the midst of uncertainty. A beautiful gift of sound to own.
Vocals – Lakshmi Ramgopal and Chloe Lundgren
Lyrics – Lakshmi Ramgopal and Michael Tenzer
Synth/Drum Machine/Bass – Michael Tenzer
Trying to understanding the music of Lykanthea(real name Lakshmi Ramgopal), I had to check out the meaning of Carnatic vocal training. And wow , I was astounded by the amount of information and the training that one must undergo to perfect the craft. I hear it now whenever I listen to any of the four songs off the EP sundrowned.
It has a contemporary sound that if you are not keen you would sometimes mistake it for bands like The Cocteau Twins and Love Spirals Downwards. But it isn’t. This project is inspired by ancient literature and medieval choir music and science fiction. Lykanthea uses synths and harmoniums in a unique fashion. Michael Tenzer and Chloe Lundgren are from Shoegaze/Dream Pop/Darkwave group Savage Sister. If you haven’t yet you should check them out.
Lykanthea is a PhD student based in Chicago and this is just one of her musical projects. I get the feeling that sundrowned is their ticket to bigger things. I think that they should continue to develop this unique sound and in time there will be exclusive fans for this style of music.
This is definitely one EP that can sooth the savage mood early in the morning prior to coffee. And it’s also a perfect music to listen to before retiring to bed.