tonight at Bios the last session of Cinematheque for this season curated by Vasilis Konstantoudakis, presenting Orila‘s sweetheart, Matteus


Elektro Guzzi

6 D.O.G.S celebrated its first year of existence with a party and Elektro Guzzi on the top of it, who they may look like a traditional band when you see the typical guitar-bass-drum combination but they have absolutely nothing to do with it.

The sound produced when they start is great techno, performed live in front of you, with all the loops and beats and sounds created the same moment. You close your eyes and you find it hard to believe that these guys use no computers. nothing. nada. niente. never seen anything like it before

just to get an idea:

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The only i think i regret missing while i was living la dolce vita in Paris, is the event that Orila phonographic label organized in the beginning of October. Vassilis and Yannis made one of their dream come true, to gather some musicians all together for a trip, to play their music in the woods for a small audience that cares to listen. Fortunately my friend was there:

“Saturday, 10.00 sharp, bus is waiting across the columns of Olympian Zeus along with a Hippie looking group of people that generates curiosity and probably fear to the eyes of an other group of old people parking their bus next to us. their curiosity climaxes when they see all these funny looking luggage been loaded on our bus- why music instruments and speakers scare them, i don’t know.

the bus starts  and after a rainy course, it lands on βουνΟριλα , somewhere in the woods of north Evia. The project is revealed in front of my eyes, inside my ear drums and my nostrils, between my fingers. Take urban concrete city generated music and blend it with mountain green, humidity, soil brown, tree sounds and clear borderless view. Caution, the project is being recorded.

Our stage is the old ruins  of a Summer Camp being digested by the surroundings. Rain, no rooftop, we make one of our own with plastic covers while the others make a web of cables on top of carpets put on the floor. Egsun make their first sounds with a guitar,a looper, a glockenspiel,a zither and a pling plon. I am hypnotized. The soundtrack one would use to dress a movie talking about dreams is being unrolled, raki finds the way to my hands.

a thousand beautiful women take the stage and lift me over the treetops, i’m tripping on nature. A psychedelic improvisation of a guitar, a sinthy, a girl’s voice and a looper, create vivid colors in front of me . I find my self standing on a top of a nearby hill listening to Lunar Miasma. They say he is the new ‘must’ in urban underground experimental music in Athens, the only must for me is ‘i must be lost’. without knowing how i am lost in the woods and my only chance to get back to the music is to try and follow it. The trees and eco filter and regenerate Lunar’s sounds making a marriage made to last. It’s night, its cold, we make fire, thank god we are in the woods.

The Hippies are now gathered around the fire listening to No Clear Mind , i needed that lyric break, they are the food we haven’t eaten yet, now i can hold on for a couple more hours. Strumming, looping , programing, singing, they are good chefs. Alexandros Miaris proposes a new way Cretan rizitika can be played. The use of his voice reminds me of a priest crying because he has fallen in love with a woman that left him. Interesting but not my cup of tea.

Matteus is anxius to play so he sets up his gear quickly . A theremin, a mic and a laptop are his weapons. The battle of an under the water female voice and a soul struggling to get out of Matteus body starts. His “Ugly doll’s stories” album is like the prequel of what i hear and see, its like someone is gutting Bjork for being sweet and fragile.. I like it.

The gas from the generator watering us with electricity all day runs out absolutely synchronized with Matteus’ ending. We are hungry for food but all our other needs are covered for now, today we created , felt a vast variety of emotions , every cell on our skin is soaking with nature. We reload our dirty sheets in the bus , have a quick cigy and head back home…or head back away from it.”


two nights at Bios

Bios turned 8 and the celebration line-up was too hot to ignore. Moderat, Autechre, Gonjasufi and Gaslamp Killer amongst others made a stop in Athens and the 30-minute-long waiting line that turned around the corner at Bios mirrored people’s excitement

Moderat with their emotional melancholic idm were the first to watch, an amazing right-on-the-moment set with  beautiful visuals and guitar soundscapes by Apparat himself, a fantastic set till the last moment. took some videos and pictures but i was having too much of a good time to do it better

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Ok, so you know who Autechre are, you have a slight idea about what they have been doing for the last 20-22 years at the forefront of digital, innovative, glitch music scene and then you hear that you have one good chance of watching them perform live. And you think “hmmmm, that might actually be something different, why not?”

But, my friend, you actually have no idea on what these guys do when they perform live. we were putting bets whether they’ll play a continuous techno set or they’ll do their own introvert thing. And they did the second: It was a 2hour-not a minute longer- show where they create right in front of you musical blankets, ‘breaking’ every single beat and drum with no sign of repeatition at all and after distorting all these electronic, scientific, minimal bits and pieces with no pattern whatsoever, they feed it to you. And the strangest thing of all?  you love it. Well, we did. We realized we’d been dancing for 2 hours straight to something we’d never heard before and we actually asked for more volume, more distortion, more time.

You step outside for a breath of fresh air but haven’t realised yet what the hell was that and why did it hypnotize you. It’s the first time rookie feeling. All you know is that you freaking loved it. You can take a taste here – only sound and no lights in this video at all.

no need to mention that Bios’ new Transformers-like soundsystem, consisting of a couple of a 3-meters-high Megatron woofers worth their money

next day the festival began with Onra playing their japanese neo-funk, full of party vibes. And then the Sufi came along. And showed us how the desert-inspired psychedelic hip-hop is made. His electric ear-piercing voice, apart from singing tracks from his debut album, couldn’t match better with Gaslamp Killer’s new-era Californian stuff that sounded something like Fly-Lo’s “Cosmogramma”.

Although i would prefer less of GLK and more of Gonjasufi – since that crazy guy with the cartoon-like voice and appearance interrupted every single track to make some noise – the show was an absolute blast and the crowd was jigging.

and for the end Ikonika was a very pleasant surprised after all this hypertension, she kept the crowds indoors and the party going.

another small video with bad bad sound but i hope you don’t mind cause Gonjasufi sings the Sheep.

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need more weekends like this one please, pretty please