Constantine Skourlis is no stranger to long works that inspire violence and darkness in the mind. As reflections of the sociopolitical climate, the ongoing human rights struggles we witness, and the suffering so many endure, Skourlis follows the theme of his highly acclaimed debut album Hades with distinct, thematic strength; a dualistic nature of beauty and of violence. Seeking balance and peace with abhorrent horror and inescapable strife, his sound is reflective of his mission statement.
Gorgeous, unique vocal and electronic music with the decisive addition of the legendary Halldorophone clash with the decimating percussion by Serapheim G. of legendary Greek heavy rock band Planet Of Zeus evoking moments of both lucidity and discomfort. Be that of hopeful outcomes or unfettered doom, the motion is there. Loops cascade in on themselves, implode, get lost in frequencies, and reemerge. Every work that Skourlis makes is oceanic in scale. Deep, cold sensations from sub-bass butt up against sunbaked heat from high-pitched string ensembles.
Although adjacent to neoclassical composition, Skourlis finds the permutations between past musicalities and creates a new, distinct invention. It's a sound that could as well come from deep in your skull as much as it could come from the very back of a cave so deep you cannot see the end of it. It's the sound of a bullet leaving a chamber and the sound of it entering bone. Constantine is, without a doubt, one of the composers of the 21st century that will be reflected back upon, no matter what world is left for the future.
released November 20, 2020
All music written, produced and performed by CONSTANTINE SKOURLIS at various locations in Greece, during 2017 and 2020.
halldorophone, cello KONSTANTINOS CHINIS
percussion, unheard sounds SERAFEIM GIANNAKOPOULOS
soprano MAIRA MILOLIDAKI
clarinet, bass clarinet KOSTAS TZEKOS
recording, mixing CONSTANTINE SKOURLIS
assisting engineers MICHALIS MOSCHOUTIS, NICHOLAS KAZAZIS
additional recording by NIKOS LAVDAS
additional production and sound design by SPR
additional mixing on 'Elegy' by NICHOLAS KAZAZIS
additional arrangements by CHRISTOS SAKELLARIDIS
mastered by MATT COLTON at METROPOLIS
executive producer IAKOVOS GURULIAN
artistic direction SALEM RASHID SKOURLIS
all tracks published by BEDOUIN RECORDS
design by TAKASHI MAKABE
artwork “Prison Faces” by VANGELIS RINAS
photographs by MYRTO GRIGORIOU
Efi Birba, Pierre de Mûelenaere, David Coccagna, Theresa Baumgartner, Maria Vasariotou, Christos Sakellaridis, Rafika Chawishe, Georgia Arvaniti, the Bedouin Records Tribe, Halldór Úlfarsson, Stefanos Levidis, Georg Gatsas, Marlene Kaminsky, Tasos Nousias, Panos Alexiadis, Everyone at Secret Thirteen, Everyone at Headphone Commute, Everyone at A Closer Listen, Nikolas Piperas, Spiros Panagopoulos, Aris Servetalis, Antonia Economou, Alexandros Vardaksoglou, Danae Dimitriadi, Dionysios Alamanos, Galaxias Spanos, Michalis Agelidis, Roubini Stagouraki, Orfeas Moraitis, Michalis Baboussis, Marc Jacobs, Adda DotFlac, Chris Zaldua, Martijn Comes - thank you all
Special thanks to Salem Rashid, Dafin Antoniadou, Iakovos Gurulian, Stephan Richter, Jordan Davidson without whom this album would have been near impossible to make. Thank you for your ongoing inspiration and critique.
2020, Bedouin Records
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