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Dark Entries double our knowledge of Greek avant-pop and electronic music pioneer Lena Platonos with reissue of her charming 4th solo album - the first to feature her own words and vocals - following their reissue of the amazing Gallop (1985) LP, whose Bloody Shadows From Afar has become a cult hit in recent years.
Μάσκες Ηλίου or Sun Mask was realised and released one year before its better known antecedent, and, whilst she professes the record was inspired by minimalism, “I began to revise my thought process, to let melodies fade out”, it’s a lot rawer, fleshly and woozy around the edges than that (ironically) loaded term might suggest.
Using a palette of Yamaha C60, Roland 808 drum machine, FX boxes and her own vocals to paint her songs in thick, free and skilfully applied streaks, Lena modulates her poetry about “the futility of love, the gap of human relationships, consumerist alienation in the bourgeois lifestyle of the 1980s” between hushed deadpan seduction, cartoonish animation, Kate Bush-like soprano flights and deeper, almost masculine tones with wonderfully curious results.
It doesn’t matter that we can’t directly understand what she’s saying, as the lyrics are included with english translations, but even still, it’s preferable to ingest the album on its purely surreal sonic terms, which offer more than enough to get wrapped up in.