Wednesday 18 October 2017

Beetling away to produce unusual album

John Meagher

John Meagher

The Scantharies

The Scantharies

(Memphis Industries)


Those keen to hear an album unlike any other released this year could do a lot worse than this debut from Anglo-Greek musician Andy Dragazis.

Delving deep into the Greek part of his background, Dragazis has fashioned a largely instrumental album that is heavily influenced by that country's indigenous garage rock scene from the 1960s and 1970s. Think surf guitar, playful beats and retro-futurist sounds.

The Scantharies (it's the Greek word for beetle, in homage to The Beatles who spent time on Evia, the so-called Dream Island in the late 1960s) is clearly a labour of love for Dragazis. And although it's difficult to imagine that there will be a large audience for this sort album, the sense of joie de vivre that emanates from the organic instrumentation and vintage synths throughout is irrepressible.

In an age when a Korean pop song (Gangnam Style) can become a YouTube sensation in this part of the world, maybe the masses are more willing to look beyond their comfort zones every now and again?

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