The Canadian cellist and composer Julia Kent came from New York to meet the Athenian audience  at the Anglican Church of St. Paul, for two concerts  Friday 25/11 and Saturday 26/11 both sold out weeks ago.
Perhaps best known for her work with Antony and the Johnsons with whom she won the Mercury Prize in 2005, Julia  Kent has also played with Rasputina and Swans, and cineastes will be familiar with her contribution to Paulo Sorrentini's 2011 film This Must Be The Place. But her solo work consisting of 4 albums( ‘Delay’ , ‘Green And Grey’ , ‘Character’ , ‘Asperities’) is also worth listening.

The concert took place in the special place of the Anglican Church of St. Paul ,a place with  ​​exceptional acoustics that create a unique connection between performers and public. Julia Kent with the emotional sound of the cello accompanied with  electronically varied loops , sound layers and harmonies gave an artistic leap of her magnitude and her ability to merge electronic with classical sounds. Kent built texture and mood producing a haunting, powerful  combination of low string tones, subtle electronics, and scratchy field recordings .Hypnotic minimalism , sometimes dramatic , sometimes romantic but always very touching. During the show Julia was very gentle contacting with the audience sometimes ,expressing her opinion for the politics in USA always with humour .

In  conclusion, Julia Kent  managed to create such powerful images  without adding  words to her music, expressing herself imaginatively and apparently effortlessly, as if all she needed was to communicate with her cello. She played about 70 min. choosing a setlist with her best songs ,most of them from her last –and my favourite album- Asperities’ and no one can complain.

I would like to thank Julia for this magical night and Iooking forward to a new album or another live performace in the future.

Photoshooting Marilia Fotopoulou

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Tetrolugosi are Sara Paradisi (keybords, voices, organs, theremin) and Camillo Perazzoli (keybords, voice, organs, bass guitar). They come from Ripatransone, central Italy, where they formed in 2013. They recorded their first two albums “Tetrolugosi” (2014) that was released in cassette for "The Magus Distro" in August 2015 and in january 2016 in vinyl for the "Horror Records" and  their second album "Tetrolugosi II'' as digital release on Spotify, Itunes, Deezer or other streaming services on October 31st.
They like to play theremin and vintage organs producing creepy old sounds. Their lyrics are surreal and often grotesque. Enigmatic characters (sumo wrestlers, japanese insects, robogeishas, the ape woman, sleeping lawyers, golden bugs, the elephant man) populate their world. Reverberating deep lead vocals coming from dark territories blend with angelic otherworldly voices. 

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Julinko was born in Prague in the spring of 2015.
The world it evokes orbits around symbols, myths, allusions and oddities.Circling in a perpetual burbling ambivalence that oscillates from dreamy drone songwriting to proto-punk vibrations, the lo-fi roughness and intensity of its music cast a freezing atmosphere and a caress at once. The penetrating electric guitar of Giulia Parin, author of the songs and lyrics, resounds sharply and deeply to slowly die away, absorbed by a gloomy voice that acute and whispering, flows together with the music. Meanwhile, through guitar, accordion and percussions, Carlo Veneziano, co-writer of the music, strengthens the songs' atmospheres creating dense and grim noises, rythmics and melodies.
Julinko's first album “Hidden Omens” was released in September 2015 in limited cassette version by the Czech Label  “Stoned to Death”. “Sweet Demon”  has been released since October 10th 2016 in collaboration with the italian Tiny Speaker records.

With “Sweet Demon” Julinko expands and pushes forward its peculiar mesmeric quest, recombining the distinctive elements of its music in a deepening obscure and minimalistic light. Alternated ethereal and ferocious guitars work together in the creation of shadowy and solid backgrounds. From the claustrophobic abysmal darkness looming from the abysses, the rhythmic rides of Carlo Veneziano materialize, led by the voice of Giulia Parin, a chant which is like an invocation, the hymn of an ancient pagan rite. The sounds melt together evocatively, as the colours of a Nordic landscape do. Light and shadow, good and evil, reality and dream blend together, while everything is slowly turning into a demonic dance, the last possible ritual of a time vibrating still with impetuous atavisms.

File under: Dark folk, Experimental, drone.  Enjoy it
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Hidden Place composed of Fabio Vitelli, Antonio Losenno, Giampiero Di Barbaro and Sara Lux Vitelli. For more infos about the band just check their interview on DieSeele  (http://www.dieseele.net/2014/11/interview-with-hidden-place.html) two years ago .Well,following their music so far and having seen them live here in Athens , recently their latest album with the German-Italian title Nero Schwarz came to my hands. This is a collection mainly of new versions of the best tracks that have appeared on various albums over the past ten years. Nero Schwarz (self-released limited to 150 copies) is the third compilation for this group, having previously, on the occasion of their tenth anniversary, released Retrospettiva I/II.

First of all , the album presented with a beautiful cover showing a Roman-cultural .The music characterized by a blend of melancholic vocals, atmospheric gothic-wave, and 80s-style electropop. Vintage synth leads and ambient padding creates an atmosphere that screams for the 80’s nostalgia and I was instantly reminded of dark textures  like Visage, Ultravox, Clan Of Xymox and early Kirlian Camera  when listening this band. Nothing  edgy, aggressive, or industrial about this album. Just a sweet and emotional journey .  

The new versions of the songs are quite good and I will talk about my favourites. A high point is "Picture Hall", which remains one of the most satisfying songs of the band, sounding like Clan of Xymox’s  masterpiece “back door” . Here  the tempo is reduced ,sounding quite polished but the melody is still great remaining  my personal favourite, melancholic and gradually evolving.. The new version of Alla Mostra Dei Costruttivisti" starts with a fast tempo and a straight melody with a perfectly matched vocaline . A hypnotic, catchy track that no one could ignore along with 'Reazione'.   "Alexanderstrasse’’  contains a synthpop  atmosphere and, due to its playful bass synths, strongly reminiscent of classic 1980s electropop songs. In ‘Window’ Sill every note can make you feel an immense but desperate sweetness.

In conclusion, Nero Schwartz contains 13 beautiful tracks consisting a beautiful and a delicious introduction to the band. A recommendation for every Wave fan!


05 - CENTRALI (V.2)
07 - EMOTIONAL (V.2)
08 - ALLA MOSTRA DEI COSTRUTTIVISTI (alternate version)
09 - PICTURE HALL (alternate version)
10 - ALEXANDER STRASSE (alternate version)
11 - WINDOW SILL (alternate version)

12 - REAZIONE (alternate version)

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