Thursday, 9 September 2010

Mixtape #12

The latest in our series of exclusive mixtapes, entitled Greek Sounds: The New Wave And Beyond, can be downloaded for free here. It takes as its starting point what in Greek music is known as new wave or ‘neo kyma’. This was a form of pop that in the mid-to-late ‘60s mixed traditional Greek folk song with other elements such as French chanson/pop. The recordings were often acoustic, stark and wonderfully romantic. From the new wave the mixtape wanders into wilder psychedelic territory and also takes in some astonishing performances of songs (tragoudia) by the great composers like Theodorakis and Hadjidakis. Several of the artists are featured in our Greek sequences. The mixtape is accompanied by Tragoudia, the latest edition of our irrgular publication Your Heart Out, which can be downloaded here. It’s subtitled Adventures in Greek Music, though things are never quite that straight forward. With thanks to Per-Christian Hille for another great piece of cover art.