Ti Kanoun I Skies Ti Nihta?Cat.No: INN031L, INN031, INN031D Release Date: 05.01.2011 /
Is there such thing as contemporary Greek blues, worthy to stand next to dimotika and rebetika? Manolis Aggelakis’ third album, “Ti Kanoun I Skies Ti Nihta?» (“What Shadows Do At Night?”), is the positive answer that comes to represent a rare, in our days, music proposal and winks to Tom Waits and Mihalis Souyoul. After “Diskoles Meres” (“Hard Days”) and “Stamatina” Manolis Aggelakis is back with his darkest and loneliest album, to explore the border side of life with sensibility and simplicity.
“Ti Kanoun I Skies Ti Nihta?» (“What Shadows Do At Night?”) resembles to the unknown friend at the end of the bar, always available to share a nightcap with you, just before a new day breaks. Aggelakis’ music landscapes are hazy, undefinable and deserted and his stories, bitter bites of everyday hardships, with original blues subjects: love, poverty, loneliness, immigration, prison, death. The lyrics of Hristos Kanellopoulos, Dimitris Borsis and Aggelakis himself, descend the darkest stairs and lead to deserted basements, where the shadows haunt and the unknown meets the familiar. At the same time, at another level, small explosions of light flirt with the black background: a geranium in the garden, a rock that doesn’t roll but dreams, a fearless traveler. Aggelakis has composed, played and recorded the whole album, following a more low fi style, compared with his previous works. The result is original and deeply personal.
The album “Ti Kanoun I Skies Ti Nihta?» (“What Shadows Do At Night?”) is released from the label of Exostis in limited edition vinyl including cd. The portrait of Manolis Aggelakis on the cover was painted by dB.