El Mago - Gígantes feat. Plastelini
(directed by Orban Wallace)

“Everything is dancing”

( nobody, 2000 BC - 2000 AD)

Post Tenebras (Apostolos Karoulas)

Five characters experience the absurd intentional repetition of their obsessions in a basement with a unique exit to an illuminated stairway leading to the upper level. Inertia, anxiety, chastity, submissiveness and fear of the unknown are the conceivable chains that hold them in the routine of their daily actions.


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Kanénas, i.e. “Nobody”, is what Odysseus told Polyphemus his name is. The journey from being somebody to becoming nobody is riddled with many challenges. The biggest ones being “There never was and never is somebody (future included)”, and “Nobody IS everybody”. It’s a journey of folly.

This project is not just a music album. It began as such, but fortunately developed into something bigger. Solipsism is damned to be one-sided regarding meaning. But when people come together, solipsism should end and team-work should start. And that’s what happened here. A culmination of poetry, visual art, music and indie label work.

The story of Kanénas is told via 4 Tarot cards, “Gígantes”, “Thálassa”, “Filakí”, “Potámi”.

The Tarot cards were created by Vicky Papazoglou (London), who bridges the old mysticism of the Tarot art with contemporary visual dimensions. Instead of classic landscapes, thrones or hells, she vaults us into vast space, geometric prisons, and 1000110 demons. In this manner, she creates ancient digital.

Every Tarot card is chaperoned by a poem. The poet Lina Rococco (Thessaloniki), instead of explaining the cards, does the only thing that is worthy of being called poetry: Describing the indescribable – lending voice to the unspeakable. Instead of giving answers, she gives voices to questions which often are being choked in silence. She, too, bridges the old with the new; in her case creating: ancient feminism.

Sonically, El Mago (Berlin/Thessaloniki) summons the old souls for meeting the soundscapes of the now. In this way, Rebetiko meets Trap, poetic folk vocalism meets HipHop and the old powers of the sea meet the new powers of the Off-Beat.
Hereby, he creates ancient bass.

For such teamwork to be given a platform to be shared with other people is good news and not at all a matter of certainty. Without passionate people like the YNFND label, art is getting a nano-second of breath. We’re greatly thankful to YNFND, because they went the long road and materialised our spirits – imprinted on paper, imprinted on vinyl, with a special print, special colors and silver vinyl - this album will be exposed to needles, climate, temperatures - it will live and breathe.

A huge thanks and a big hug also goes to Plastelini. Her singing on “Gígantes” is deeply mezmerizing and as troublesome as needs to be – it is the art of getting aware of what we are doing unconsciously every day: being a per-sona, a vocal channel, a character, a story.

What is called I, or El Mago, or Ari, he who writes these words right now, is deeply thankful:
For creating amongst such artists
As Lina is
As Vicky is
As Plastelini is
– I thank you all from deep within my heart! And this “I” realises that this “I” is “You” – that this project/art/album/etc. stems not from me, and not from us – but it materialises itself through us. Until we return again to being: Kanénas
But everybody.

“La Loba” propone la búsqueda de lo natural en un tránsito introspectivo con un modo que delata la inmensa potencia inherente en lo femenino.

Hace no mucho tiempo, pensaba que han sido pocas, realmente pocas, las reseñas que he escrito sobre música hecha por mujeres. Días después, recibí este material, tal vez a modo de señal, y para deleite mío.
“La Loba” nos propone un paseo sonoro por el mundo creativo de Alma Linda, a través del cual esta artista chilena deja escuchar parte de su concepción de la esencia femenina, algo salvaje, intangible, espiritual.
Ella, junto con El Mago (Alemania), crearon este track en el que se fusionan múltiples influencias: jazz, percusión árabe, electrónica y algo de música andina, entre otras cosas. Por ahí, dentro de la diversidad de climas que la pieza nos plantea, hay una cadencia bien sexy que recuerda al “After Dark” de Tito y Tarántula.
La aterciopelada pero potente voz de Alma Linda hace que tengamos la sensación de estar siendo observados por un ser omnipresente: el mismo espíritu de la Loba.
La pieza, anclada en el organic house, igualmente se libera de lo habitual del estilo para juguetear con una diversidad de mundos sonoros y estilísticos, lo que le imprime una marca fresca.
Los siguientes cuatro tracks son remixes realizador por Cigarra, Barda, Oxhalá y Da Iguana, a modo de pequeños universos paralelos, igualmente cargados de esa vibra ritual del tema original, una especie de canto a algún tótem femenino, pero con un realce electrónico mucho más notorio.
“La Loba” apareció por primera vez en el compilado “Hystereofónica Vol 3”, parte de la serie lanzada por medio del sello brasileño Tropical Twista Records y curada por Ágatha Barbosa aka Cigarra, dedicadas a exponer puramente el trabajo de una gran cofradía de féminas talentosas de Latinoamérica, brillantes mujeres ya firmemente asentadas en el medio de la electrónica y la world music.
Resulta bien importante contarles que con este lanzamiento Hystereofónica, abre sus puertas como sello dedicado a promover exclusivamente música de talento femenino, cosa que desde aquí festejamos cantidad.
Personalmente, disfruto mucho escuchando este tipo de trabajos que llevan la huella de la genuina vida interior del artista.
Escuchen y déjense llevar a la guarida de “La Loba” (por Mariana Viveros)

The wind of change is blowing strong again in late 2020. Wich statement fits such worldwide transformation? We don ́t know, but we keep blending & interacting different cultures. One 7“ vinyl, two sides of the story. El Mago from Greece is hooking up with south american native ceremonials. The Berlin/Thessaloniki based ritual master (down)beats all strains of cultural appropriation with smart style and groove straight outta subcultistan. Followed by Mettabbana from the divided states of America, editing sahrawi classic on liberation, hope & vision. Seductive repetitions, subtle as the saharan sands, riding on trance- inducing guitar loops, arabic percussion & harmonies. This vinyl will last longer & will survive our thoughts and needs. For any queries: the answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.

At the very hub of this wheel which is falling apart, is Beauty. And it will keep on rolling until everything that has gone to make up the wheel has disintegrated. It has already rolled over a goodly portion of the globe, over Persia and India and China, and like a magnet he has attached to itself microscopic particles from Kurd, Baluchistan, Timbuktu, Somaliland, Angkor, Tierra del Fuego. The odalisques it has studded with malachite and jasper, their flesh veiled with a thousand eyes, perfumed eyes dipped in the sperm of whales. Wherever a breeze stirs there are breasts as cool as jelly, white pigeons come to flutter and rut in the ice-blue veins of the Himalayas. The wallpaper with which the men of science have covered the world of reality is falling to tatters. The grand whorehouse which they have made of life requires no decoration; it is essential only that the drains function adequately. Beauty, that feline beauty which has us by the balls all around the world, is finished. To fathom the new reality it is first necessary to dismantle the drains, to lay open the gangrened ducts which compose the genito-urinary system that supplies the excreta of art. The odor of the day is permanganate and formaldehyde. The drains are clogged with strangled embryos.
El Mago is: Aristotelis Manakos
                lives: in Berlin
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