Boomkat Product Review:
Properly captivating future folk reorientation from Athens-based Christos Chondropoulos, following a fascinating ace for The Tapeworm with mesmerising fusions of ancient and contemporary folk and dance spirits for the 4th world ambient ramblers at 12th Isle - a big RIYL Sublime Frequencies, Paul DeMarinis, Carl Stone, Jay Glass Dubs, Spencer Clark
Taking his native Greece’s historic position as a cultural confluence stemming from its ancient empire strewn across Asia, Africa and Europe, multi-instrumentalist Chondropoulos uses music to finely illustrate the links between linguistic and musical tradition and future intelligence. Eliding warbling auto-tune vox with a mix of live and programmed/synthesised/generative grooves, his compositions take form in an uncannily fluid, folkpop-sweet style that beautifully, directly brings his ideas to life without getting mired in conceptual boggage.
In his own words: "Philosophically you can regard this music as a fresh view of the ideas of Ferdinand de Saussure - Structuralism and Deconstruction. It is a new approach when it comes to linguistics, the traditional music of the area, where Greece stands as a crossroads and future intelligences. I was interested to hide a fundamental philosophical question in music which would have the same qualities and immediacy as the authentic local music of the area."
For the strongest examples we direct you to the bit-crushed dancehall and plangent AI songbird in ‘Hoof Rattles and Girls’, and what sounds like an AI’s vocal cords played like a syn-fiddle over metallic Yemeni drum breaks in ‘On Nature’, plus a spellbinding spin on swaying Ethiopiques psych-soul in ‘The Howling In Seconds’, and an almost tear-jerkingly beautiful alien folk paean ’Speech Melody and Primitive Music’.
Dead special, this. Don’t sleep!