KRISTI STASSINOPOULOU & STATHIS KALYVIOTIS

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - NIGEL WOOD

From a Greek na­tion bat­tered and scarred by the Euro cri­sis, Kristi and Stathis of­fer a per­sonal and philo­soph­i­cal re­sponse, rooted in na­ture, the el­e­men­tal, and the “now” (“nyn” in An­cient Greek). Lyri­cally poetic (English lyrics in­cluded), these are songs of beauty and tran­scen­dence, and the elec­tro-acous­tic set­tings range from ci­cada rhythms to game­lan sam­ples to driv­ing riffs. The root is Greek folk mu­sic, but times are too des­per­ate and chal­leng­ing to fall back on old tropes. Greekadelia was the ti­tle of their pre­vi­ous al­bum, and it well ap­plies here in the dis­torted lauto, the looped gui­tar, and the In­dian har­mo­nium. Kristi’s voice res­onates with the spir­its of a de­parted folk-rock gen­er­a­tion but with rich in­flec­tions from fur­ther East. Con­tem­po­rary folk mu­sic for trou­bled times. world­mu­sic.net

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