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Unmissable deep dive into Lena Platonos’ unreleased archives c. 1982-1985, emphasising the darker side of her poetic style with something like a Radiophonic score for a stage play of Greek mythology - seriously must-check if you were seduced by ‘Γκάλοπ = Galop’
After introducing the world at large to Lena Platonos’ ineffable allure with 2015’s reissue of ‘Γκάλοπ = Galop’ (1985), followed by ’Sun Mask’ and ‘Lepidoptera’, Dark Entries present a guided tour into the annals of her sound around the same time as those cherished recordings. Navigating a world of elegiac lo-fi folk and shadowy, ancient inspirations, including dérives into noirish electro, it all feels like privileged access to a parallel world where timelines run fwd and backward simultaneously. Your ears won’t deceive you, or do they? Massive recommendation if you like anything from Dopplereffekt to Laila Sakini.
“The twelve tracks on Balancers reveal a murkier side of Lena, one draped in tenebrous washes and oneiric utterances. Ragged analog rhythms feature on several tracks, even breaking into a brooding electro groove on “A Cat in the Corner”, but the predominant tone is sparse and somber. Mournful instrumental “Phaethon” swells to mythological proportions, while “In September” feels small enough to fit in your pocket. Lena’s poetry sits amidst lush pads and Radiophonic Workshop-esque squiggles, her voice setting an intimate tone in the shifting electronic sea. Inspiration is drawn from Greek mythology and architecture, and lyrics evoke a soft sorrow, an ambivalence towards love, life, and the passage of time. Although the material here spans 3 years and features a range of recording fidelities and synthesis techniques, the collection possesses the heft of a singular artist’s vision.”