Monday, 9 November 2015

Recommended music: 'I Need New Eyes' by Larry Gus

I Need New Eyes

You know that old brain teaser about trying to name 5 famous Belgians? Trying to name five Greek musicians as pretty much the same (especially if you try to name 5 good ones). Fear not though, as that task has become immeasurably easier with the arrival of Larry Gus and his latest album 'I Need New Eyes'. The fact that this wonderful record comes to us via the ever-brilliant DFA Records should give you the guarantee of quality you need (as well as my recommendation of course) so rest assured, this is one investment in Greece that will definitely repay your capital handsomely.

Currently living in Milan, Panagiotis Melidis has created a dream-world of European Dance and Eastern samples, and in this collision east and west has forged a personal vision of his own future. Stemming from the birth of his first child, it reflects upon the fact that as soon as you have children your horizons change and your ambitions have to follow suit, So it is that personal lyrics reflecting upon anxiety, success, friends and love meld with a steady stream of inventive music. Layers of sound are occasionally peeled back to single bass or synth patterns, and as the record flows you travel on a journey of discovery through his cranial canal.

On top of the musical magnificent his vocals sound much more confident and mature, as if this new-found view of life has helped him understand his place not just in the world but in his music as well. By the way, in case you're wondering the name 'Larry Gus' comes from 'larigas', the Greek word for throat or larynx.

I'm struggling to think of a more inventive or creative record this year, a record that more than magnifies the sum of its parts. If you're a fan of musicians being given free reign to create their own personal and unique vision of the world then you really should turn your own eyes (and ears) to this.

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