Selofan released their 3rd full-length album, entitled “Στο Σκοτάδι” (Greek for “In the Darkness”) in a limited edition vinyl format through their own label Fabrika Records, which rapidly sold out, following last year’s acclaimed “Tristesse”.
In this album, the Greek duo continues to evolve their sound, maintaining the same successful formula that defines their characteristic style: male or female lead vocals, lyrics in German, English and Greek, songs based on poetry by famous writers and very creative ideas regarding song composition and execution.
Selofan dare to split the album in half, offering side A to their foreign audience containing 5 songs in German and English, while side B is dedicated to their native Greek audience, containing 4 songs in Greek followed by a concluding instrumental track. The cd version of the album comes with the bonus track “Lass Mich Loss”.
Compared with their previous works, the new album features Dimitris and Joanna in even better vocal performances, starting with theatrical sophisticated speech tone treatments (“Schwarz”, “Orient”, “In the Darkness”, “You should learn How to Leave”) and exceeding to extreme insane desperate cries (“Alaska”, “Should We Dance?”). Other songs like the album’s starter “The Wheels of Love”, “Nightclub in the Sky” and “Lass Mich Loss” are in the typical vain of the already established Selofan style on both previous albums.
Musically the band’s sound shows some new elements, partly slipping from darkwave and minimal synth towards a more experimental vivid style (“In the Darkness”), incorporating some gentle industrial beats (“Snakes”, “Alaska”). Visually, the band appears for the first time in the album’s cover art, photographed in a mysterious dark place, turning their back on us. Furthermore, the album’s same titled song “In the Darkness” is accompanied by a great official video, featuring both members of the band acting among others.
Selofan continue to amaze us, producing a diverse album which surely won’t get us bored, but will always take us by surprise regarding its minor details. In addition, the Greek audience particularly should feel honored by this album. Thank you Selofan!
review by Stefanos Stavrides