Boomkat Product Review:
From the opening strokes you know this is going to be good, and Into The Light’s exploration of Greek soundtracks does not let down - a big tip for Vangelis and Lena Platonos fans!
Suave, noir, and suggestive as you like; Into The Light are bang on the money for fans of ’70s/’80s synth and film music, and particularly of lesser known varieties, as it mercifully circumvents diggers’ problems with reading Greek artist names and record titles to serve a cherry-picked (olive-picked?) brace of soundscapes, cues and themes united by a beautifully allusive Greek “spirit.” Yet while rooted in a bygone era, it’s not hard to hear how this “spirit” has fed forth into modern Greek music, and can be found everywhere from the technoid cinematic drama of Xyn Cabal to the filigree wright emotion conveyed by Christos Chondropoulos in the contemporary sphere.
The album’s opener is a real diamond, unfurling the 10 min Deckard-gaze panorama of ‘Parados’ by Thesia in a very Vangelisian mode, before moving thru a string of immaculately sequenced cues and themes, spanning the lush analog synthesis of Yannis Kostidakis, bubbling jazz-fusion from Stamatis Spanoudakis, a glistening ‘Erotic Scene’ from Dimitris Papadimitriou; fantasy synth pomp in ‘Death at the Dried Champaign’; the Coil-esque FM synthesis of Giorgos Hatzinasios’ ‘The Death of Baby Jane’; electro-acoustic collage from Papadimitriou and Dimitris Lekkas; a steeply psychedelic 11 min stunner full of strange tunings from Haris Xanthoudakis; and perfect end scene in the chamber cello of ‘Karkalou’ by Charlotte Van Gelder.’