Greek composer slash producer Constantine presents his debut solo venture (member of Ekkert), focusing heavily on strings, piano and live percussion set through a distorted wall of atmospheric drones and dark ambience created with field recordings captured on greek islands over the course of two years. Political and humanitarian tensions are rife and a driving force. Tonally stunning, and pretty terrifying.
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- Hades by Constantine
10/10 Django Unchained Customer review, 15th June 2017
Let’s say it straightaway to not leave any ambiguity linger : the Greek Constantine Skourlis throws with Hades the fattest release on Bedouin Records. Four long streams of furious contrasts crashing against the eardrums and shattering into keen shards on the epidermis in alert. 48 cavernicolous minutes born in the dark of the greek crevices that are reflecting in the subterranean lakes while opening the gates to a new unexpected multiverse. A visceral music inspired by human tragedies of the present but seemingly drawing its power and cruel truth in a recurring past and an almost determined future. More than an album of ambivalences, Hades is an album of simultaneities. Each observation of this work of art will offer a look in dual obliquity on its details and will lose its explorers in its meanders in eternal metamorphosis. Don’t get too used to the clear pedestal of drone and dark ambient supporting the tracks, the unpredictability of the noisy backwash enlivened by ligneous instrumental incursions will shape a thick electrostatic cloud that could seriously rough you up if you don’t look in your dead angles. We step into the gap existing between endless mirrors reflecting the void, and from this atonal void feverishly emerge melodies telling the faded stutterings of a world that is now nothing but a shadow in the darkness. And when the night reaches its climax through an insane spatialization (the beginning of Divide, seriously), industrial crashes and abrasive electroacoustic crawling will switch the stars on in a blinding and almost painful light, provoking the immediate and redemptive mental clouding of the senses.
The strength of Hades may lay here, in the synchronicity of its narrations, in the dual power of its strings outbursts and the attrition of its textures, in the permanent balance of its contrasts blowing us away. A solemn and terrifying experience, but also majestic and overwhelming, that will dig voracious spans in any of you that will dive and get lost in it.
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