Holy Monitor – Soothing Water – Audio

The quintet of George Nikas (Vocals / Guitar), Stefanos Mitsis (Guitar), Alex Bolpasis (Bass), Vangelis Mitsis (Keys) and Dimitris Doumouliakas (Drums) from Athens (Greece) who form the dark-psychedelia band Holy Monitor released the LP II on the 12th.

Holy Monitor - Photo by Mariza Kapsabeli

Holy Monitor – Photo by Mariza Kapsabeli

The seven track, approximately thirty seven minutes, album (available on bandcamp), fills the room with thundery clouds of motorik beat which they are able to bend away from the angularity of pace with the bleeding electronica to create music that even given its dour shadowing finds the audience laying in supine relaxing comfort gazing with glassy eyes at indistinct shapes on the ceiling as the tracks weave their mysterious journey through the mind.

Soothing Water is the penultimate track.

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The Noise Figures

From Athens in Greece comes George Nikas (Drums / Vocals) and Stamos Bamparis (Guitars) who make up the garage rock out-fit The Noise Figures.

The Noise Figures - Garage Rock from Greece

The Noise Figures – image credit: Thodoris Markou

The duo is able to deliver a sound which has the aural context of more than two players as they extend brooding storm clouds from the speakers. There is much to enjoy here as The Noise Figures produce music replete with sludgy depth and vivacity and for a duo that is a conceptual conundrum and well worth taking time to invest.

By combing West Coast USA lo-fi with British blues rock,  The Noise Figures,  intrigue as much as entertain providing the listener with compositions which enthral and entrance. Their ability to take the simple and shuffle in complexity of flavour affords them the space and time to produce sounds which are at one moment familiar, the next stunningly idiosyncratic.

This is a band of polar opposites and lack of players which at face value should shoot itself in the foot, instead of which the audience remains in startled silence. One gets the feeling if you are looking for a current translation of the flight from Sodom and the Pillar of Salt The Noise Figures are the epitome, don’t look back after you have encountered Athens 2013 with George and Stamos.


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