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The Greek duo Incirrina founded in September 2017 by George Katsanos (synthesizers, samples, drum machine, vocals) and Irini Tini (synthesizers, vocals) released its debut album "8.15" on vinyl. Their music combines elements of dark/minimal wave, electronic, ambient and experimental sounds. Another characteristic of theirs is that they have been greatly inspired by William Blake and have musically arranged a selection of his poems here on this record.

The album opens with the track "The Smile" with Irini Tini on vocals. A song that serves as a great introduction with its electro rhythm. With "The Tyger" that follows we hear a more synth pop styled track featuring also George on vocals. They have a way of making their synth pop moments sound so very dark. In general, all the songs are dark and have an early 80’s feel. On "True Love Doth Pass Away" the tempo quickens with Irini’s whispery and haunting vocals dominating the track giving it an eerie feel. The mood changes with the sturdy drums of "A Little Girl Lost" on which George Katsanos takes on the lead vocals. The first side of the record closes with "Mad Song" with Irini singing in a very distant way.

On the second side we have "The Chimney Sweeper" that was known to us since it was included on the Die Seele compilation "Stimmen Der Seele Vol. 4" earlier this year. A nice piece of night music that combines very nicely the airy synths with Irini’s voice. With "Holy Thursday" the music speeds up again, while on "The Angel" we have yet again another song with a very 80’s atmosphere. The pace steps up again with "London" which is like a rollercoaster ride with its bouncy chords. On "The Sick Rose" that follows they deliver us another dark synth pop track. The album closes with the album title track "8.15". An instrumental piece the shows their more 70’s style synth atmospheres over a minimal synth rhythm backbone with classic 80s’s drum machine.

All songs where written and recorded in Athens during 2018 and 2019 with the use of mostly analogue equipment. Something that gives their music a unique sound. Although their music is categorized in general as electronic and minimal it surely fits in with many genres such as avant-garde, coldwave, dark wave, new wave and synthwave. The album, released by the Greek independent label Geheimnis records, is a limited edition of 308 hand-numbered copies, of which 153 copies are on black vinyl and 155 copies on grey vinyl. It comes with insert with lyrics, credits and pictures of the band. All black and white photography used for the cover and of the band is done by Gwgw Galanopoulou, that suits the bands imagery perfectly.

Review by Nick Drivas


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