Boomkat Product Review: A wonderful document of Greek experimental music spanning from 1930 - 1988 across myriad styles; a total eye-opener and treasure trove of amazing, hitherto unknown music. Compiled by Stratos Bichakis and brought to you by the always-excellent V I S label. Includes an instant download of 2 hours of brilliant archival madness.
Well this is a bit special. Any fans of that Honest Jon’s comp ‘Let No One Judge You’ or the ‘Music Of The Fire Walkers’ album on Berceuse Heroique’s dormant offshoot KEMAA will find plenty of satisfaction in this latest V I S tape trip. To give some context, ‘Greek Ethno Music Location Recordings’ originates from a trip V I S pair Nina and Good News took to Greek island Donoussa for a small festival last year. Stratos Bichakis opened the festival with a special set of Greek music the Athens artist had been collating for years and the pair where blown away.
Clearly moved by the emotional potency of his performance, Bichakis was invited to channel his knowledge for this V I S tape. Consisting of recordings spanning back several generations, he crafted a rare aural journey through the annals of poignant Hellenic folk and stunningly experimental ritual music. As the label explain "Experimental music existed long before electronics, after some months we were still talking about the effects Stratos' selection had on us and decided to share his sonic language with you through this tape..."
The result is one of those releases that acts as a portal to another musical dimension; although the rather cryptic liner notes (including a playlist in English and Greek) probably wont offer you much by way of illumination, you'll most likely enjoy this set even more without really much of an awareness of when or where any of it was made.
When we went to a very small festival from friends on the beautiful island of Donoussa in Greece this summer, one of the first persons we met was Stratos. We were walking bare foot through the beach to our apartment, when he was telling us about his special set of Greek Ethno music he was planning to play to start the festival! Stratos was collecting the records from all over Greece for years. We were blown away by the psychedelic sounds he was playing, by far not as "happy" as we expected them to be. Experimental music existed long before electronics. After some months back home we were still talking about the effects Stratos' selection had on us and decided to share his sonic language with you through this tape. This is a special one for sure!