Stings & Dum Machines
"Gavouna is the alias of Athens-born, London based Athanasios Argianas, who studied under a pupil of Xenakis and Berio. A fine artist and musician released his debut EP, Warm Industry on Manchester's Melodic label in 2003, the original homebase to Nine Black Alps, Pedro, Lucky Pierre and Minotaur shock. 12 tracks of scuzzed up noise, pianos and strings -- it was the sound of your favourite musical tastes thrown together, into one gorgeous mess. For Stings?, there's a far greater sense of organisation, less amateurish composition and an emphasis on song-based forms. In fact, some of the elements and riffs from the EP have been remade, revitalised and actually subjected to total metamorphosis. There's a cinematic swagger to this music for sure and ample evidence of Gavouna's progression as composer. Argianas has developed significantly on this debut LP -- combining traditional instrumentation, built-up rhythms, heavy percussion and sparing, contemporary electronic influences. There's some parallels in the heart wrenching orchestral settings and blends of live and analog instruments to the works of the aforementioned Earlies, yet this album is completely instrumental and really takes flight on its beautifully measured yet profoundly emotional compositions."