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is the debut album by London-based artist and musician,
. After having had his music released alongside sound artists and on a compilation by pop experimentalist
to much critical acclaim, Mikhail's work comes highly-anticipated.
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,
'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.
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.
SUB ROSA (BELGIUM)
The sound universe of
has operatic dimensions and continues
's exploration of the musical fault-line between Middle Eastern and Western sound. Commenting on his intentions behind the album, Mikhail explains that "until a century ago, all Greek music was folk music with irregular scales and no polyphony. Greece's lengthy enslavement meant that Western musical and cultural developments of the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical eras left the country virtually untouched. I wanted
to be about finding a contemporary Greek voice which wakes up to the 'alien' sounds of European instruments; a voice which is at times angry, and split between the West and the East, the past and the present." Citing rembetika,
J. P. Rameau
's dramatic works as inspirations, on this album, Mikhail's vocals are colored by his Anatolian heritage and meet electronica, avant-garde and baroque music.
combines choir, harpsichord, percussion, glitch and environmental recordings. Migrating bird-calls and human voices play a central role heard a cappella or accompanied. Singing often ventures beyond the limits of language. The formidable choral force of ex-miners
Snowdown Colliery Male Voice Choir
, the intimate voice of
from German duo
, British vocal trio
Juice Vocal Ensemble
, and background vocals by
are heard in Mikhail's compositions alongside his wide vocal range of operatic falsetto, bass-baritone, raw shrieks and growls.
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