Doomsday ambient for the not-so-faint-of heart
Dark epic melodies blending classical instrumentation, hymns, and drums from the depths of hell
A snapshot of the contemporary Greek cultural landscape through collaborations between genres and artistic disciplines
How do you capture the sound of the world crumbling? This is a question Constantine Skourlis has sought to answer throughout his body of work, from his debut album Hades, named after the Greek god of the underworld, to his scores for film and theatrical productions of epic tragedies like Don Quixote and Richard II.
His sophomore LP Eternal Recurrence sees him pursue his vision towards even more mind-bending, ominous territories, delivering a cathartic release for the chaos that’s permeated throughout this year. Liberated societies come and go, and Skourlis, hailing from Greece, a country which has experienced its fair share of political turmoil throughout its history, is uniquely positioned to draw from the kind of feeling where the only constant in life is uncertainty.
On its opener “Collapse” we hear low-pitched voices slowly creeping in from beyond the depths of a slow-thudding drum that eventually grows into an epic choral set to flickering soundscapes. It’s an earth-shattering composition, a storm that blows over just as quickly as it began, leaving the dust to settle in the last minutes and listeners to ponder what comes next. The appropriately titled “Reality Cancelled” picks up the pieces, with strings circling around Skourlis’ contemplative piano chords, growing increasingly menacing as it reaches its boiling point, echoing out into calmer tones with “Atonement”.
Published November 09, 2020. Words by Caroline Whiteley.