Saturday, October 8, 2016

Lena Platonos - Μάσκες Ηλίου

BTW, Google translates the album's title as "Sun Masks," seems to go with the cover - maybe just "Sunglasses"? Any Greek music bloggers out there, come to our rescue?

I'm sure a lot of people could tell you more about the somewhat mysterious (to the English-speaking world, at least) Lena Platonos. So I'll let Dark Entries Records do it; this is from their rerelease of 1985's Gallop:

 Λένα Πλάτωνος (Lena Platonos) is a Greek musician, pianist and music composer. One of the pioneers in the Greek electronic music scene of the 1980s, she remains active today. Lena was born on the island of Crete and grew up in Athens. She began learning how to play the piano at the age of two and became a professional pianist before turning eighteen. Soon afterwards, she received a scholarship to study in Vienna and Berlin, where she was exposed to jazz, rock and Middle Eastern music. She returned to Greece in the late 70’s and began working with the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation. She released 3 collaborative albums between 1981-1983 and her debut solo album in 1984.

You can definitely hear the piano training in songs like "Lego." But what's really astounding is the amount of ground this album covers - jazzy progressions, bossa nova beats, dark electronic soundscapes - while sounding completely well-formed/at ease with itself. I can tell it's going to take quite a few listens to wrap my head around this one, but I'm ready for it.

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