YANNIS KYRIAKIDES & ANDY MOOR: A Life is a Billion Heartbeats CD Unsounds
Continuing this duo’s exploration of Greek Rebetika music and following on from their album that is simply titled by this style; this latest release follows the same path and revisits live sampling and instrumentation with an ever so slight approach to what was previously achieved.
As music improvisation goes, I can categorically state that I am more often than not, put off by the medium as a whole. When musicians flirt with the word ‘contemporary’, the end result usually slots into ‘Avant-Garde’ territory (what we Brits translate as “French for shit”).
The main issues I have with these works by Yannis and Andy (both of them), is that underneath it all, they undoubtedly have a concept that could ultimately work, if they concentrated their efforts on the evocative harmonies that occasionally raise their heads. Unfortunately, becoming wrapped up in scraping guitar strings and noodling pointlessly, whilst making an abject racket takes precedence on this album; and it is all the worse for it.