Beautiful People

KL 071CD KL 071CD

Since his first two personal album releases on Kilk Records, Serafim Tsotsonis has been developing into a talented musician. With the release of his brand-new album Beautiful People, the Greek artist takes a step further, presenting even more facets of his diverse talent with a work of exceptional polyphonic delights. Opening track "Red, Green, Blue," is a unique postmodern lullaby, where the serene atmosphere of a child's room is pierced with the sounds of an urban environment. An imposing performance by Zach soars together with a chorus comprised of Mikael Delta, Kid Moxie, Kiki, Antoneta Kotsi, Fay Depasta and Serafim himself. At the same time, Dimitri Vassilakis, one of the foremost recognized Greek wind musicians, adds further brushstrokes of sensitivity with his saxophone. The dubstep references in the intro of "So Good" are intertwined with the modern electronic sounds of Berlin and the saxophone of Dimitri Vassilakis comes in at the end, marking a shift that leads to an exploration of new sound structures, in which European metronomy meets neo-jazz. The most radio-friendly track of the album is "Far Away," a mutated Balearic rhythm interpreted unpredictably by the rock-tinged voice of Norwegian Sverre Olav Rødseth. "Catch The Cloud" is where the album really takes off -- a deep tech anthem for clubbers around the world. Zach's almost blues interpretation in "Alone In The Stars" proves the rare quality of his voice and ties harmoniously with the delicate sound of the musicians. Serafim and Kid Moxie follow with a relaxing, almost nonchalant folktronica track "Whistles In My Head" and as a natural succession, Jan Felipe's gentle voice on "Phantoms" dissolves into the ether as if it was created for those springtime mornings you wish would never end. On "Trees And Flowers," Zach and Kiki return for some additional intimate moments and then the deep techno infusion of "I Feel Home" jumps out of a Berlin sound studio infused by the creative spirit that prevails there day and night. With "Omnipresent," Serafim goes back to the dark nightclub, offering up a track for the hours where night gives way to the first light of day so that "Hunter" can follow next -- a cosmic, neopsychedelic storm for sci-fi journeys! The cosmic trip continues with "Memorial," which starts with sounds and voices to evolve into a virtual soundtrack of a lost-in-space road movie, strewn with galactic dust. "Sober" is as if a string quartet invaded the studio for an impromptu jam session, and is a true exhibition of the artist's rare talents in composition and instrumentation. Beautiful People has the potential to become a reference point in the development of Greek electronic music, as well as to establish the musician as a leader and innovator among his peers.