November 19, 2014

Vangelis & Irene Papas - Odes, 1979

Synth and soundtrack legend Vangelis and actress/"occasional singer" Irene Papas take a powerful journey to their home country through Greek folk songs. Although many Vangelis fans seem to have missed this one (probably because it's often listed under Irene Papas), it's by far my favorite Vangelis record. Fantastic execution of "ancient-futurism." Vangelis uses technology to reinterpret folkloric songs in a way that only one with close ties to the songs and serious musical skill could do. Interesting instrumentation and diverse moods, with choir, orchestra, and synthesizers used for both melodies and textures, playing with density and an expansiveness that always surprises. Read more here!

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