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From the Radio Martiko album ‘Divine Reeds’ Obscure Recordings From Special Music Recording Company (Athens 1966-1967)

Available on : [radiomartiko.bandcamp.com]

High Quality LP. Includes a 12 page booklet with the illustrated biography of Tassos Chalkias

Epirótika! Greek psych folk as a soul medicine. A shepherd's fever dream or spiritual jazz from an ancient world?

The moment you fall in love with Epirote music, a new musical universe will open up to you! This ancient psychedelic folk with jazzy improvisations from the North West of Greece is unique and will touch your soul so deeply that epirotika aficionados always remember the place and the moment when they got to know this hypnotic and mesmerising music.

In a similar way to the music of Alice Coltrane or Mulatu Astatke, it can take you out of the here and now - the pure beauty of the magical epirotika sound can make your mind drift off to otherworldly places. The hard to find recordings of Tassos Chalkias presented on this album are seen as some of the most outstanding expressions of this distinctive musical genre.

FrayedBear 9 Dec 20
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Kind of East meets West is my first reaction. To be truthful...it’s not something I’d want to listen to a whole album of.

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@FrayedBear That thought didn’t spring to mind....just not what I’d listen to given a choice.

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First impression was "how awful." But having read about it I'm willing to give it another chance later.

Theresa_N Level 8 Dec 20, 2020

That was my reaction to Cohen many years ago. I was once berated for saying "if contemplating suicide then listening to half an hour of Cohen will make your mind up for you".

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