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Euphoria

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Fragments of earthly reality are floating above. Frameless, thus limitless, are transformed to embrace each other in a bizarre union, celebrating their new euphoric perception, resonating life and mystical dreams.

The music of Sofia Sarri is personal, pagan and magical. A universe where uncompromised resolutions are welcome allowing the Cretan lyra, a distinct folk instrument from the mountains of her home island Crete, to feel at ease when placed together with the analog synth, the vibraphone and some wicked double bass drumming.

“Every track has a story to tell” says Sofia, “a sacred bind to nature, as if a totem lies in the spirit of every song”. The moon, the cuckoo, the wolf and the strings alongside with electronic micro beats seem to merge perfectly with Sofia’s both delicate and powerful vocals, manifesting the omnipotence of nature.

Sofia’s journey through music and singing is long. Performing and composing for bands of diverse background such as the post-rock collective of Night on Earth, a true pioneer of Athens’ indie scene. This time the urge was to set and meticulously narrate the musical paths that she had so far explored. To handle her voice as an equal instrument among other instruments and belt out her mystical parallel universe. She is experimenting with both traditional forms and the contemporary while sticking to her generation’s fusion of massive sonic and music information.

Labelling Sofia’s music can be tricky: avant rock with a pinch of Scandinavian black metal, urban ambient, dark-hop...The moment you are about to categorise her she manages to slip away. As it is expected from an artist who’s influences spread out all around the world of sounds, manifested by the higher and innermost need of everything human: communication.

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released January 13, 2017

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All music by Sofia Sarri (except: track 5 by Petros Lamprides & track 8 traditional)
All lyrics by Sofia Sarri (except track 9 by Christos Zachos & track 8 by Lars Linderot)
Tracks 1, 3, 4 arranged by Costas Stergiou
Tracks 2, 6, 7, 8 arranged by Costas Stergiou, Sofia Sarri and the band
Track 5 arranged by Petros Lamprides
Track 9 arranged by Sofia Sarri
Sample used in track 8 was found in and downloaded from freesound.org

Produced by Costas Stergiou, Panagiotis Chountas, Sofia Sarri
Mixed at In a Jam Studios by: Panagiotis Chountas, Costas Stergiou Recorded at In a Jam Studios by Panagiotis Chountas
Additional recordings at Sierra Studios by Thodoris Nikolakopoulos
Mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Christian Wright
Executive producer: Panagiotis Chountas

All Artwork + Design by KANENAS

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Track Name: Kira Kitana
she is a murderer
a molecular disease
she'll exterminate everyone she'll ever please
there's a shadow in her eyes
I have noticed for a while
and I'll sew my thread of thoughts
just to lead her where I want to hide
and climb

oh use your imagination to keep up with life
there's one entire nation to make u realise
you're dead inside

she's a pioneer, my love
so strong and so alive
tell her God she's not unique
‘I will feast on his insides happily’
there is blood inside her mind
so afraid to let it dry
but whatever may come
she's light and light and light and light and…
Track Name: Still Universe
and the skies shine through they remind me of happiness surrounding all created
equally wise
it's a wide disguise of shifting colours and resonance twirling round the core of life

still you shut your eyes
but you’ll see more than you’ve ever realised

we hover a little in awe of this uncertainty ambitious yet afraid
that the skies will collapse over us and this moment will all fade in a glimpse of infinity

still you shut your eyes
but you’ll see more than you’ve ever realised

exploding, yearning to release us from pain and matter and reasoning
in this floating, vast universe

where neither rhyme nor reason makes sense to me

still you shut your eyes
but you’ll see more than you’ve ever realised
Track Name: Roller Coaster Blues
you are forever, repenting of living in a haste
as if you're always running around
you are forever, repenting,
stop breaking inside and realise that all is meaningful
still they need to understand you
you're in this terror so please stop blaming you
this is why they offer you this family to nourish yourself

and you are forever repenting and impossible to be
it is the scariest of rollercoasters
and now that you need a haircut afraid that they will see all that is yours and be forgotten
help me understand why the pride you had once is all gone? well I know it can't last forever…
take me to the end and further on, it is the same old song that's yearning for the calling beyond
you are forever repenting of living in disguise
and lay still forever impossible to be
Track Name: Cuckoo
some day you decide it
the time just seems right
beyond blurry colours when people need people
to guide them with guidance,
they say it is righteous to live with the living
and fight with the stronger
I say fuck the righteous and fall with the fallen
I do (cuckoo!)

we tried wishful thinking
we even tried to reason with pigs
cremated pure feelings all christian like lying and guilt
I'm being poetic and very energetic
to comply with some surreal post-humanity
the skies are on fire all golden with power
I'm holding my breath with dignity

red hands burning up with desire
they flood and they pump
blood for blood
and when evolution demands revolution
run free
take a dive with me

my mommy is skinny she wants to be prettier than me
and when dad’s around me I feel my insides burning me
they say it takes courage to hush when is needed
stay put while earth's shaking
I say fuck the silent and scream with the breathing
I do (cuckoo!)

red hands burning up with desire
they flood and they pump
blood for blood
and when evolution demands revolution
run free
take a dive with me

red hands burning up , up above
I know we won’t take it all
Track Name: The Moon
this is the moon, she keeps me all safe
glows on what I feel and makes it ok
this is the moon there's nothing to fear
she lights up our way helps us disappear
this is the moon she drowns and she floods
and when we fall back will force us to play

so she carries us away till morning, away
so she carries us away till morning

this is the moon she lights up our way helps us disappear and makes it ok
and when we all turn shapeshifting and strange
black holes lift us up to live in her caves
mother moon tuck us in with violet and grey
help us climb through fluorescent stars
where glittering moths are playing the drums

so she carries us away till morning, away
so she carries us away till morning
Track Name: Fire
love bathes us all in fire
pure liquid love consuming desire
arising so carefully
implying sympathy, deceiving
so delicate and powerful
and magically feeding me
hysterical

like lava crawling
like lava licking

this fire is liquid
desire consuming
implying sympathy
arising so carefully, deceiving

in fire I see you
embracing me with lust and tears
desire consuming us
so delicate and powerful
and magically feeding me

like lava crawling
like lava licking

in fire you bathed me
and mystically you moved me
awaiting the morning dew
to cool us down and steep in love
Track Name: Ingen Vinner Frem Til Den Evige Ro
Ingen vinner frem til den evige ro som seg ei veldig fremtrenger.
Sjelen den må utstå en kamp for den tro hvorav vår salighet henger.
Porten kalles trang og veien heter smal.
Dog kan Herrens nåde åpne himlens sal.
Kjemp da alvorlig, treng fremad med makt,
Om du vil himmerik vinne!

Meget vil deg hindre min sjel stå imot, Satan ei nåden deg unner.
Treng deg gjennom alt som vil stanse din fot, verg deg i fristelsens stunder.
Intet vil deg gagne hele verdens prakt dersom den får sjelen fanget i sin makt.
Hør hva han sier som døde for deg: Strid i Guds kraft for din krone.

Jesus i ditt hjerte er alle ting verd selv er han himmeriks rike.
Derfor gjør med Jesus din daglige ferd aldri vil han fra deg vike.
Treng deg til hans hjerte inn med all din makt
han i nåde rekker deg din bryllupsdrakt.
Hør hva han sier, bruk tålmod o sjel,
så skal du himmerik vinne,
så skal du himmerik vinne!
Track Name: Ο Λύκος (The Wolf)
Φίλησα τον λύκο
χτες όλη τη νύχτα
πίστεψα πως στην αγκαλιά μου βρισκόταν ένα τρυφερό παιδί
όμως κρατούσα το λύκο!

Τα νύχια του χάραξαν βαθιά το δέρμα μου, άνοιξαν αυλάκια
η ανάσα του με έκαψε στο πρόσωπο, τα δόντια του μπήχτηκαν στον ώμο μου
στο σκοτάδι μέτρησα ένα-ένα τα πλευρα του

Θα μπορουσα να ταξιδέψω μαζί του σε άγνωστες, παγωμένες χώρες του βορρά
ή θα μπορούσα να σφίξω ύπουλα τα χέρια μου γύρω απ'το λαιμό του
γλιτώνοντας για πάντα απ'τη θανατηφόρα του ορμή
έπρεπε όμως να αποφασίσω γρήγορα...

Παραμέρισα, τον άφησα πέφτωντας
να σκίσει το σεντόνι με τα νύχια του
και του χάιδεψα την πλάτη στοργικά

(φίλησα τον λύκο)