02 Betrayal Of the Lamenting Circles
With their debut album, “How To Be A Child And Win The War”, not only won great reviews, but they were instantly loved by the Greek audience. Then came the concerts in Greece and Europe, where the lucky ones who attended, shared a unique experience. In expectation of their new material for some time now, finally there’s a 7inch, forerunner of the second Electric Litany album, expected near the end of 2012.
Electric Litany continue to compose, rehearse, make demos and live in public spaces combining economy with a certain clandestine charm and following an ideology that says that public buildings belong to the people for any possible use, even to write music. After the church that hosted them and the recordings of their first album, their new home for a while was a large rectory in West London, where “Enemy” was written. When forced to leave it, they moved to an old candy factory in East London, in which they built a rudimentary home studio and there continued to rehearse and wrote “Betrayal Of The Lamenting Circles”. The final recordings took place – unexpectedly – in Athens this time, at Vasilis Terlegas’ studio, where the aesthetic connection between Terlegas and Litany was their shared love for analog recording on magnetic tape.
The arrangement and the lyrics of the two tracks bridge lyricism with crudity and action. At the same time their thematics are looking for the perfect balance between personal/social revolution and eros/love, starting from the idea that to be someone or something revolutionary, they should have only love (for life, for mankind) On the other hand, for someone to truly love, to fall in love, the ideal is to be free. Basically the “Enemy” is all the things that we do not need and in fact harm us and getting rid of them as soon as possible, will give us one day when we will be able to have and we will only need our loved ones. The “Betrayal Of The Lamenting Circles” was written for all those dark love passions that triumphantly remind us how weak we are against love, the most obscure, the most incomprehensible and beautiful thing of all.
Currently, 2 video clips are being prepared for these tracks. The video for “Enemy” has been shot in Lefkimmi (Corfu) starring residents of the village, in a depiction of a futuristic and somewhat symbolic agricultural revolution, symbolized by a small boy. The video for “Betrayal Of The Lamenting Circles” will be an elusive dream.
03 The Dunes
05 (Like We Do In) January
07 The Roses Came
08 A Dream Worth Dreaming
09 A Time (Never Be Late)
‘The day when we stop the war
Remember those you once loved’
How easily can people maintain childhood as they grow up and how feasible is it for a grown-up child to win the war of adults? Can a new band rehearse and record a whole album with zero money and only ammunition their friendship and love for music? They are Electric Litany and their album title, “How To Be A Child And Win The War” (borrowed from an Ian Hawgood track), summarises in a unique way all the “innocent” arsenal of a debut that comes as a positive answer to all the above, while giving lessons of modern romanticism.
Their story could be a script of a Jean-Pierre Jeunet film.
Alexandros Miaris (voice, guitars, piano, synths) moves to London from the greek island of Kekryra. His future houses are all old, abandoned, derelict public buildings that carry their own history. A school, a library, then a town hall and a church. In these places a brand new band, formed in the spring of 2007, will take its first steps. Richard Simic (drums) comes to London from a farming village in sleepy Devon in order to look for a band. The two of them met by chance one evening and begun to play together in the town hall’s small theatre. The third member, Duane Petrovich (bass) from Texas, was found a bit later from a music ad.
The name Electric Litany came up as an oxymoron. The litanies and philharmonics in Alexandros’ native island have haunted him since he was a child. The band is powerfully electric, but involves no religious faith of any kind. Nevertheless their story so far is full of “religious” coincidences: they made their first demos in an old pub called “Fallen Angel” (converted to an illegal studio in order to meet their needs) and later on, without second thought, they recorded this album in Alexandros’ latest home, an abandoned church with great acoustics, built in 1895 in North London.
They collected instruments and equipment from everywhere, Alexandros spent 4 days into cables and plugs in order to connect the compartments of the church and George Botis travelled from Athens to do the sound engineering. 13 tracks were recorded live in 3 days! The recorded material travelled to Athens for the mixing and then back to London at the Abbey Road Studios where the mastering took place.
It’s quite tricky to describe the result in words. Eerie vocals, pauses that embrace some of the pious silence of a prayer. Melancholic atmospheres and dynamic guitars. Dreams scented with rain. Haunting melodies, elaborately orchestrated. Lonesome lyrics, few words that have a lot to convey. The sure thing is that the lo-fi world of “How To Be A Child And Win The War” is ready to unfold, share its experiences and carry away the listener. And Electric Litany is a promising band with lots of «gifts» to offer in the future.
A Time (Never Be Late)
“Ένα από από τα 4-5 (μάλλον παραπάνω) καλύτερα αγγλόφωνα άλμπουμ, που κυκλοφόρησαν ποτέ στον τόπο μας.”
“ένα εγχείρημα ατόφια ρομαντικό.” (8,5/10)
“Οι Electric Litany καταφέρνουν να μεταδώσουν ένα αίσθημα... Πως να το περιγράψω; Ένα τσίμπημα συγκίνησης... Ανείπωτο; Μεταφυσικό; Υπερβατικό;” (8,5/10)