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Les Cyclades - Glika 12" LP + Poster

Les Cyclades - Glika 12" LP + Poster

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Comes with poster in a deluxe plastic enveloppe sleeve. This is a pre-order! The record will be shipped around May 2nd, 2024 or can be picked up at Crevette Records during the release party on May 2nd 18-20h or at Les Cyclades (only for friends & family).

The Klein blue horizon, gliding seagulls, a ferry purring between two languid islands, dotted with ultra-white villages and ancient ruins... These idyllic visions run through Glika, the ultimate musical project of Les Cyclades. An exciting electronic odyssey from West to East, from Belgian effervescence to Greek mysticism.

In 2020, confined to the neighborhoods of Yser and Mystère in Brussels, Alex and Ludo dream of Greek islands, of scorching sun on their skin, of salty baths, chilled ouzo and braised octopus. But everywhere, time stands still. Must one necessarily move to travel? To levitate? In the absence of Elsewhere, the Franco-Canadian duo will compose the imaginary soundtrack to their escape.

Glika (which means "sweet" in Greek) perfectly synthesizes the musical influences of Les Cyclades: a cosmic saxophone inherited from Alex’s dub and free jazz past, an architect-pastry chef-botanist from Normandy, and Ludo’s "Balearic" tracks, a musician-performer-wine lover who frequented his first raves in 1995 in Houston, Texas.

From a hedonistic encounter on a friendly terrace in the 19th arrondissement of Paris to their chosen exile in Brussels, these hypersensitive jacks-of-all-trades first danced and mixed records. Before creating their own phantasmagorical sonic territories, where cinema and poetry meet more or less human voices, brass instruments, synthesizers and analogue drum machines.

On Yser Mystère - the names of the two stations on tram 51 that physically linked Alex and Ludo's psyches during the lockdown - Alex's astral sax balances out the industrial mechanics of a locomotive, against a backdrop of urban soundscapes.

And then a rising bpm dominates Alocasia, with its deep and sensual light foot. So sunny. From one track to another, there are interludes influenced by Xenakis, Vangelis and Jean-Michel Jarre. Seminal heroes of the Cyclades... But soon, the duo unleash hostilities at the helm of Epigone, their meta-techno anthem. "I know", "You know", echoes Alex.

Laughs of friends, "mouth noises," and "bizarre rhythms" still dominate Parc Fou, while DRAM eyes the minimalist techno of Detroit. So dear to Ludo's heart... And what about PAME, that post-modern Greek epic. Or Glossa, a timeless track that finishes with a fascinating - because diffracted - elegance, this multi-sensory journey through Les Cyclades. Let's close our eyes. Silencio! Hay Banda!

By Eléonore Colin, journalist (and friend!!)


releases April 19, 2024

••• All tracks written, recorded and mixed by Les Cyclades at studio Yser Mystère
In Brussels (2020-2023).

Except A5 (Épigone) mixed by Chris Ferreira

••• Tracks A2, A3, B1, B2, B4 and B5 previously self-released on tape cassette (Glossa ep) in 2021.

••• Mastering & lacquer cut by Ångström

••• Artwork by Marius Cstlle

••• A1 contains a sample taken from the movie « Eternity and a day »
Directed by Thedoros Angelopoulos (1998).

••• B2 features a phone call with Ioannis Nikolaou, owner of Underflow Record store
In Athens.

Big love and thank you: Lucie, Mimu, Thomas, Mumu, Ascencio, Chris, Violette, Marius, Serge, Louise, Famille Gayer/Goux, Pablo Volcano, Seb Tonka, ojpb, Marie, Barbara, Jésus, Crevettes Records, Balades Sonores, Mickey and Kiosk Radio, and everybody we forgot.

Special thanks to Koen Galle and Hi Scores for listening, believing and making it real!
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