tango with lions
02 A Long Walk
04 Rainy Fall
06 People Stare
08 Where Heroes Die
09 Over the Neon Lights
Their debut album, “Verba Time”, has received enthusiastic reviews and the song “In A Bar” has broken a record of views on youtube. Tango With Lions return this spring with their highly anticipated second album, “A Long Walk”. Their musical path during the last four years could be compared to a long walk. The project of Kat (Katerina Papachristou) began as a changing group of musicians and has grown to be the stable lineup of the band that recorded “A Long Walk”.
With the compositions and lyrics of Kat as a starting point, the band took their time to arrange the 10 album songs with continuous pre-production and rehearsals during the last two years. The recordings began in summer 2012 and were completed in January 2013 by Thodoris Zefkilis in SCA studio.
As in “Verba Time” so here, every song is a small story, but this time the stories are self-contained, with routes through dark dreams, night trips, sunny fantasies, memories and stories of love and separation. In Tango With Lions’ long walk bittersweet melodies and dreamy lyrics encounter rich arrangements. The result is unique: atmospheric electricity with dark outbursts, mystic trombone melodies, an old piano and a dark and solid rhythm section, always maintaining the special atmosphere that hovers around Kat’s voice.
“A Long Walk” is released in cd, vinyl and digital album from Inner Ear.
Tango With Lions are:
Katerina Papachristou – voice, acoustic guitar, piano
Yannos Paramithiotis – electric guitar, vocals
Nikos Vergetis – drums, percussion, vocals
Jim Staridas – trompone, vocals
Thodoris Zefkilis – bass, vocals
02 In A Bar
03 Pilgrim Said
05 On the Floor
06 Right From the Start
08 Red and Yellow Rooms
10 Sad Big Blue Eyes
11 Angel's Arms
Inner Ear welcomes Tango With Lions and their first studio album, entitled “Verba Time”. An atmospheric work, of acoustic style, full of intense folk elements, lyrics that whisper secrets and bewitching vocals, “Verba Time” is one of the most pleasant music surprises held in store for us by the last days of this spring.
Εver wondered how it is to dance tango with lions? Or how such a dance works out in a restless girlish mind? In the usb era, how does time run through the tiny memory of some floppy disks? But let’s get things from the beginning. Kat (Katerina Papachristou) has collaborated with many English-speaking bands in the Greek indie scene, as a musician and singer, until Tango With Lions were formed in 2007. Tango With Lions is a changing musical collective that owes its name to the images that take place in Kat’s mind, every time she gets ready to write a new track.
12 vignette-songs, music and lyrics by Kat, composed in the period 2007-2009, are the fragments from a music diary that includes thoughts, emotions, images of daily life, influences from favourite films and books, very personal lyrics but also symbolisms referring to social and political issues that concern her. The album was recorded sporadically in the last two quarters of 2009, in Fab Liquid Studio, by Ottomo, who is also the producer of the record.
Inspired by Nick Gentry’s painting, “Verbatim”, which graces the cover artwork of the album, “Verba Time” came up as a title through a wordplay from the famous floppy disk brand, but it immediately developed to a message of communication: in these days of complete isolation that we are going through, it’s about time to begin to communicate with people around us and express our thoughts. It’s Verba Time!
Right From the Start
“Το Verba Time των Tango With Lions με αιχμαλώτισε με την πρώτη ακρόαση.”
“Έχει αυτή την ποιότητα το “Verba Time”: την υπεράνω βαλκανικής φτήνειας, folk rock υπεροχή, ένα παγκόσμιο μικρό γλωσσάρι συναισθημάτων.”
“Η Κατερίνα Παπαχρήστου, με την πολύ όμορφη χροιά της φωνής της και κάποια πολύ ιδιαίτερα κομμάτια που κράτησε για το τέλος, κυρίως, του δίσκου, καταφέρνει να κάνει το Verba Time, ένα πολύ ενδιαφέρον ντεμπούτο, που, μακριά από τυμπανοκρουσίες και «εύκολα» τραγούδια προς εφήμερη ραδιοφωνική κατανάλωση, φωτίζει σκοτεινές γωνίες του μυαλού και της ψυχής.” (3,5/5)