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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Album of the Day - Demetrio Stratos / Metrodora

I finally found something in my collection that's not already plastered all over blogspot. Solo vocal acrobatics and tone poems, similar to some of Christian Vander's post-1980 singing with Magma, from this Egyptian-born artiste of Greek parentage, also known as the vocalist of hyper-left Italian 70s progsters Area. (Those latter two links amount to quite thorough histories of the singer and band, by the way, even by Wikipedia standards.)

This was Stratos' first solo release (1976) after his success with Area, and it marked some insane new territory for the voice as instrument. Stratos is raw, sometimes multi-tracked, but for the most part unaccompanied in the studio—pain, passion and unabashed self expression. A recording that both echoes the ancient and flabbergasts the present and future. Metrodora may not be to everyone's liking—especially at first—but give it a chance. Tracks 4-7 are somewhat more instantly palatable than the first three.


5 comments:

  1. Link is out of date... *sniffle*

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  2. Oh, and happy 64th birthday, Demetrio, if you were still alive.

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  3. I'll add this one to the re-ups list and do a collective post of re-ups some time in the future, so keep a look out.

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  4. Thank you, I appreciate it!

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  5. Download link is viable again. ENJOY!

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