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ARTIST
TITLE
Orphica
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
QS 172CD QS 172CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
4/10/2007

Orphica is the debut album by London-based artist and musician, Mikhail Karikis. After having had his music released alongside sound artists and on a compilation by pop experimentalist Björk to much critical acclaim, Mikhail's work comes highly-anticipated. Orphica takes the listener on a thrilling sonic adventure. Twelve songs map a journey through epic encounters, intimate confessions and emotional confrontations in an exuberant melding of pop, electronica, Greek folk and avant-garde music. Drawing inspiration from the mythical singer Orpheus whose music had miraculous powers, Orphica's sonic universe is high-tech and baroque, raw and delicate at once. Its combinations of sounds are unique: beats made from thrashing knives, smashing plates and electronics slice through the sounds of harps and harpsichords, while choirs chant alongside distorted static, creaking insects and whistling bats. In the midst of this, Mikhail's voice reaches out for its limits with the determination of a futurist. Orphica presents the results of a bold musical experiment by an artist whose vision aims to channel the raw energy and lyricism of folk song while pursuing musical innovation.