''I was lying down across the stern, lulled by the gentle swaying of the vessel, inhaling the smoke of the torch and trying to discern the stars in the depths above.''
This excerpt from Alexandros Papadiamantis's novel “The Rose-tinted Shores” sums up the aesthetic experience of the album “The Depths Above”.
Ko Ishikawa, Nikos Sidirokastritis, Giorgos Varoutas, Harris Lambrakis and Anna Linardou interpret the ecstasy of nature, wandering between ancient memory and imagination.
Ancient instruments, such as the Japanese shō and the Middle Eastern ney, a piece of acacia wood and a voice, combined with electroacoustic guitar, electronic sound and live sampling, reflect a poetic contemplation of the human condition between the sea and the depths of the sky.
The album was recorded in Athens on January 17, 2019, at the Underflow Record Store and Art Gallery, which was arranged accordingly for the project's audio and video recording needs.
"The depths above" is also available in 2CD format by Underflow Records
released February 1, 2020
Ko Isikawa: shō
Harris Lambrakis: ney
Anna Linardou: voice
Nikos Sidirokastritis: wood, floor tom, cymbal
Giorgos Varoutas: ac.guitar, electronics, objects, live sampling
Recorded by: Gustav Penka
Mixed by: Giorgos Varoutas, Gustav Penka
Mastered by: Taylor Deupree
Artwork by: Dimitris Sidirokastritis
Graphic Design by: No Más / No More Studio
Video production by: Africanastronaut