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Tasos Stamou

Balkan Express (LP)

Label: Akuphone

Format: LP

Genre: Electronic

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*In process of stocking* Contrarily to the rest of Tasos Stamou’s experimental discography, the musician’s latest album “Balkan Express” has a more obscure electro-folk approach. It consists of seven pieces, all recorded with seven different vintage electric keyboards from Stamou’s own collection, blended with oriental acoustic solos.

Since Stamou grew up in the Balkans in the ‘80s, he wanted to pay homage to the essence of the sound of the era that unintentionally shaped a whole culture. It was when these inexpensive, available-to-all electronic keyboards with synth sounds and drum machines replaced traditional Balkan folk music ensembles. The acoustic instruments solos and melodies of the album were influenced by local traditions and the heritage of the Ottoman music. “Balkan Express” is meant to be a time capsule taking the listener to the folk-wave retro-Balkan subculture. 

Cat. number: AKULP1038
Year: 2022
Recorded in London between 2015-2020 Front cover photograph by Katrin Binner (object from Tasos Stamou collection) Back cover photograph by Tasos Stamou (train from Thessaloniki to Sofia)