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Black Peak


Artist: Xylouris White
Label: Bella Union
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 07 October 2016

Xylouris White's sophomore release, Black Peak sees George Xylouris, the Cretan lute player, partner with the Dirty Three’s preternaturally fluent Australian drummer Jim White.

Xylouris is a scion of Greek musical royalty, a family from a mountain village near the Cave of Zeus. His father is revered singer / lyra player Psarandonis. Jim White has commanded international attention for more than two decades as part of Australia’s Dirty Three, storm’s-eye instrumental diviners whose emotionally choppy soundscapes brim with elemental force.

This is an album you're going to either love or hate. Those looking for catchy, toe-tapping songs will be very disappointed, but those looking for interesting experimentation will find much to enjoy here.

The album contains 7 songs (40 min, 41 sec). It's a hard album to get into, but if you spend a bit of time with it you'll reap the rewards.


Nick Smithson

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