We have a premiere of the video for No More from the Christos & The Violet Crown EP.
And it’s a smouldering little tune too. One that deals with the bleak realities facing so many: wars, racism, immigration camps and of course, the pandemic, in the midst of a system unable to protect its people.
The track is from the debut EP from guitarist extraordinaire Christos and vocalist Olina Bakali, and features a 21st Century Blues sound that draws influences from R&B, Hip Hop, Jazz and Rock.
Watch the video here:
Christos is a London-based electric guitarist and composer from Athens – hence The Violet Crown. His debut EP is a fluid, often politically charged collection living in the spaces between a variety of genres. All the songs are guided by his unique, mercurial, horn-like guitar lines; while Olina’s warm, bluesy melismas and lush vocal arrangements complete the atmospheric yet emphatic nature of the tracks.
Christos has performed and recorded extensively with bands such as Dr Schwamp, Ta Mére, Blue Soup and Told Americans at international, UK festivals and venues for over a decade. He is also an active music performance researcher. He has a doctorate from Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The title of his PhD thesis is – ‘Developing new expressive techniques for the electric guitar with the use of the Ebow, inspired by the sound of the free jazz saxophone.’
Olina is a London-based singer/songwriter from Crete. After finishing her studies in Marine Biology she moved to London in 2019 to attend the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance and take her first steps in the music industry. Her sound is influenced by artists such as Phoebe Bridgers and Billie Eilish, and is characterised by the rawness of her lyrics married to melodic harmonies. In 2020 she released her 5-track debut EP “For E.”. She’s currently working on as second EP as well as various collaborations, while also studying for an MSc in Forensic Science.
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