Maria Aristopulou and Ilias Tsagaris
Laspi (Mud) (Hitch Hyke - Greece)
An atmospheric work for female voice and a jazz-rock influnced ensemble of guitars, bass, percussion, horns, mandolin, baglama and drums. An essential Greek core is subdued by a languishing, bluesy feel. Think Cowboy Junkies in Thessalonika?
Maria Aristopoulou: lyrics and voice,
Ilias Tsagaris: music, bass, guitars
Petros Skoutaris: music (8), mandolin, guitar
Achilleas Persidis: classical guitar
Kleon Antoniou: guitar, bass with bow
Makis Anastasopoulos: trumpet
Thodoris Rellos: saxophone
Sotiris 'Danos' Georgakis: baglama (small bouzouki)
Panagiotis 'Tsiko' Katsikiotis: drums
Press release from the record label:
Despite the title, Laspi (mud) is an atmospheric chill out journey, an airy sound, a travelling cinematic music with the emphasis on songcraft, whether it is a song that might have been sung on a boat sailing the Aegean in midsummer or one sung in the streets of Athens when it ’s raining. Maria Aristopoulou ’s expressive and moving voice rendering her own beautiful (greek) lyrics floats naturally within the music and a cast of excellent generous musicians on drums, electric, classic &acoustic guitars, bass, trumpet, sax, baglama (small size bouzouki) and mandolin, offer their best of experience, freshness and inventiveness. A rock ballad or a blues, a rumba or a greek folk ‘syrtos' , western style tinged with an eclectic mix of traditional influences, no matter the style, beautifully simple, Ilias Tsagaris -composer, musician, songwriter, producer and nucleus of the man data sound-has written a cycle of musics and songs with a prevailing uplifting mood of optimism.
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