Europopnewsletter June 2013



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Newsletter, June 2013


"Hello Europopmusic fans..."


Some say that hard times are the perfect circumstances for artisticity. If that is the case then we're in for some great music in Europe. With protest flaring up in Greece, Spain and Turkey. And indeed, the first musical output has already been reviewed by us. The alternative pop/rock scene in Spain is currently flowing over with interesting bands and albums. Check for instance the latest album by Spanish band Mucho which takes a stand against the growing political class difference and corruptcy. Or browse over to Greece where local badboy Tzimis Panousis rears his beard and kicks some sacred cows down the stairs on his latest album. In Turkey it seems things are only heating up with artists choosing sides and the banging of pats and pans fills the evening air in Istanbul. But like Marc Gili of Spanish band Dorian says: "The anger at the world around us is the engine of our songs". If we look back at 1968, like we did the past months in our special feature '1968 in Europe', protest can be a very strong engine. And no doubt we'll see much more artistic protest the coming months with the economical and social crisis is growing in Europe. And even environmental crisis with parts of Germany and the Czech republic being flushed away by heavy rain. Which leads to benefit shows around the country. One of the icons of French May '68 protests won't be there to see the result of all this new music, George Moustaki passed away last month at the age of 79.

But back to the music because last month we had some really interesting albums coming in from Italy, Lithuania, Spain, Italy, Germany, Netherlands and Greece. Enough choice to get you through June if it continues to rain or it gets sunny enough to fire up the BBQ. As always: ENJOY THE MUSIC.


  Music news and background articles  

Turkish (musical) protest for the preservation of modern values

Since Monday the 27th of May, protests have been building throughout Turkey. A protest against the ruling AK (Justice and Development) Party’s plan to raze the last piece of green area, adjoining Taksim Square (Gezi Park), and replacing it with a shopping centre and Ottoman-style barracks. There are many other environmentally catastrophic plans in the pipeline, including a third bridge over the Bosphorus, and an enormous canal to lie parallel to the strait. The sounds of pots and pans being repeatedly hit at 9pm in the South American-originated ‘casserole’ protest style reverberates around the city. Turkey makes a stand in a sincere expression of insistence on rights – very much in the ‘Occupy’ vein. The collective Kardeş Türküler made a nice gesture with their viral campaign presenting a very musical pots and pans protest called ‘Tencere tava havasi’ (Check it, with English subtitles). More on what other Turkish artist have to say you'll find on our frontpage.


Marc Gili (Dorian) speaks: "The anger at the world around us
is the engine of our songs"

With a sound that reflects the tradition of Spanish pop and electronics Dorian has become a mainstay of independent music in Spain. One of those bands that ensure full in any room for a live show, and gives luster to local festivals that program them on their poster. Recently they presented their fourth album 'La velocidad del vacío' with the help of renowned producer Phil Vinall, which we gave an enthusiastic four stars. But what is the vacuum about. And why record in Mexico? Pablo Martínez Pita caught bandleader and singer Marc Gili and presented him with these burning questions for La banda elastica dot com: "People created a vacuum around themselves harnassing themselves from all evil in the world. We let that anger of the outside world be the engine of our songs".
Read the interview


Pantelis Dimitriadis (Κόρε. Ύδρο) speaks: "The 'denial of cowardice' is more relevant than ever"

Greek band Kyro Ydro is not the kind of alternative rockband that gives the listener an easy accesible album. Their latest album 'Simple exercises for existentialism' is a complex and hard to grasp album. And for foreign ears we can only base our listening experience on the music. Which goes from Greek folk, to progrock to jazz. Maybe the lyrics give a better grasp and meaning. We hoped to get some more clearification about the songs and the philosophical theme of the album from an interview Μαριάννα Βασιλείου did with songwriter Pantelis Dimitriadis for In songsnippets she tried to get to the bottom of the songs. But do we get any wiser from it? Doubtfull but it's a nice insight into the mind of the artist who gives a sometimes philosophical approach to the current Greek crisis and the political ignorance and blindness: "Only the blind recognizes the blind and have some hope to find the light if he wants to find it. As he refuses to blindness, because he personally suffered from it, then there is no need for treatment, since there is no disease" Read the interview

George ‘Le métèque’ Moustaki (79) passed away

On May 23 Egyptian/French singer songwriter George Moustaki died at the age of 79 years. Born as Giuseppe Mustacchi in Alexandria Egypt on May 3, 1934 he went to France in 1951 to sell  books of poetry door to door. He also worked as a journalist, street singer, pianist in bars. At a concert of  Henri Salvador , he is discovered by that other French bard Georges Brassens.  The two men met a few days later through a friend. He starts to work at the cabaret of the Black Rose, and finds himself on stage with the young Jacques Brel . Noticed by other managers he makes the rounds in other venues in Paris, meeting some of his idols, including Henri Salvador... and Edith Piaf . Read on.

El apocalipsis según mucho
Der Xer:
Giulia Tripoti:
Tzimis Panousis:
Breaking the line
La velocidad del vacío
Κόρε. Ύδρο:
Απλές Ασκήσεις Στον Υπαρξισμό
Slapeloze nachten
Pavlos Pavlidis & B-Movies:
Istories Pou Isos Ehoun Simvi

Kopf an Kopf
Emmanuel Moire:
Le Chemin
  Europopmusic artists (added to the encyclopedia)  

Dorian (Spain)

The spanish electropop/rock scene is booming at the start of the new age and Dorian are one of the leading acts. One of the many Dorians in Europe that is (there is also a Dorian in Turkey, Hungary and Croatia). So Googling them can be somewhat complicated. Their mix of an Eighties electronic sound combined with Spanish influences and Eurorock is tasty and catchy. I heard of them for the first time by a Midem sampler in 2006 (probably a track from ‘El futuro no es de nadie’) but the album wasn’t easy to find. I guess that’s the downside of signing to an indie-label and having a bandname that is rather common. But the past years the band has grown in popularity. And so they should. This is genuine alternative europopmusic with a low threshold. I can’t see why this act hasn’t made the step crossborder and showed up at festivals in the North of Europe...Go to artist page


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