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Talk about cashing in eh? lol. Death Is Not The End celebrate our impending apocalypse in style with this properly life-affirming collection of 1930s to ’50s Greek Rebetika. Life-affirming cos it speaks to the daily trials and tribulations and heartache that are more or less on pause right now - so we’re living vicariously through it, and it’s making everything seem normal for a minute. Anyway, proper boss this one.
Greek Rebetika is an often dark, melancholy style of folk/pop music that spread from the docks of Athens to a Greek diaspora across the world in the early 20th century. As the label correctly classify, these “songs of sorrow, poverty, loss and general end of this god forsaken planet” still resonate nearly a 100 years later due to their relative simplicity, which has future proofed their melodies and unmistakeable feel for generations to come.
The famous Markos Vamvakaris appears on this set with the sarkily jolly but exasperated sound of ‘Those Who Are Rich’, and Stelios Kazantzidis contributes two highlights with the lamenting cadence of ‘Bleed Bleed’ and ‘The Leaves Fall From Branches’, while we’re also rapt with the pipes of Yiota Lydia’s ‘Badworld’, the coy strings of ‘I Want to Enjoy the World’ by Elli Sofroniou, and the ventricle-jangling riffs of ‘I Ached in My Heart’ by Marika Ninou.