Yannis Kyriakides and Andy Moor's exploration and mining of the rich and mysterious terrain of Greek rebetika music from early 20th century, using a combination and juxtaposition of rebetika elements with their own distinct sonic explorations.
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Catalog ID: 47U
Squidco Product Code: 20209
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at STEIM, in The Netherlands between 2011 and 2014 by the artists.
Yannis Kyriakides-computer, analog synths
Andy Moor-electric guitar, baritone guitar
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1. Today Is the Same as Yesterday 6:25
2. Wasting Away 5:16
3. Underground Migration 4:48
4. Everyone Should Think About Their Final Breath 6:49
5. Day Two 3:35
6. Doorways Make You Forget 5:09
7. Slanging Match 3:51
8. A Life Is a Billion Heartbeats 4:54
9. This Summer 4:43
10. Psyche 7:44
11. Light Sleep 4:26
12. Hell Breaks Loose 4:47
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"A life is A Billion Heartbeats, continues Yannis Kyriakides and Andy Moor's exploration and mining of the rich and mysterious terrain of Greek rebetika music from early 20th century.
Their first release of this project (simply entitled 'Rebetika') was for the most part taken from a live recording at the CCA, Glasgow in 2006. For that, Yannis had created processed versions of Andy's favourite rebetika tunes which served as a matrix or palette onto which both musicians then improvised using electric guitar, live sampling and electronics.
In this new set of songs they have revisited similar elements but with a new approach in the combination and juxtaposition of rebetika elements with their own distinct sonic explorations. Since they have been performing this set for several years now, the songs and improvisations on this CD have grown and expanded in repertoire and range of expression, giving more space for rhythmic and hypnotic elements to come to the fore. The music travels from more composed and arranged renditions of the old tunes, to completely improvised pieces that try to capture a sense of the gesture and tonalities of the source music, albeit with a contemporary edge.
The material derives again from the golden period of rebetika music, the late 20's and early 30's, including voices such as Rita Abatzi, Markos Vamvakaris, Giorgos Batis and the great guitarist and singer Kostas Bezos. The title of the CD 'A life is a Billion Heartbeats' alludes to the transient sense of life found in their songs, and of the many of the musicians in the underground of Greek life in those turbulent times."-UnsoundsAlso available on vinyl LP.
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