Since his first two personal album releases on Klik Records, Serafim Tsotsonis has been recognized as an outstanding talent in modern music. His body of work is held as essential in the development and forecasting of forthcoming musical tendencies.
With the release of his brand new album "Beautiful People", the Greek artist takes a step further, presenting even more facets of his diverse talent in a work of exceptional aural polymorphy, thus conquering his rightful place at the top of music's pantheon, in electronica and beyond.
In the album’s opening track "Red, Green, Blue", a unique post-modern lullaby, the serene atmosphere of a child’s room, is pierced with the sounds of an urban environment. An imposing performance by Zach soars together with a chorus comprised by Mikael Delta, Kid Moxie, Kiki, Antoneta Kotsi, Fay Depasta and Serafim himself. At the same time, Dimitri Vassilakis, one of the foremost recognized Greek wind musicians, adds further brushstrokes of sensitivity with his saxophone.
With relaxed beats, unequivocal references to 80’s melancholic electronica and the vocals of Kiki and Kid Moxie, "My own sea" invites the listener to dive into the waters of his own dream world. In a way, it constitutes a continuation of Serafim’s past creations, as heard in his earlier works, a fact that is sure to satisfy the most loyal of the artist’s fans.
The dubstep references in the intro of "So good", are intertwined with the modern electronic sound of Berlin and the saxophone of Dimitri Vassilakis comes in at the end, marking a shift that leads to an exploration of new sound structures, in which European metronomy meets neo-jazz.
The most radio-friendly track of the album comes with "Far away", a mutated Balearic rhythm interpreted unpredictably by the rock-tinged voice of Norwegian Sverre Olav Rødseth. "Catch the cloud" is where the album really takes off. A deep tech anthem for clubbers around the world, one can imagine it featured on the soundtracks of films such as "Berlin Calling", had it been released sooner…
Zach’s commendable, almost blues interpretation in "Alone in the stars", proves the rare quality of his voice and ties harmoniously with the fine electronica sound. Serafim and Kid Moxie follow with a relaxing, almost nonchalant "folktronica" track "Whistles in my head". And as a natural succession, the track "Phantoms" immediately follows, with Jan Felipe's gentle voice, as if it was created for those springtime mornings you wish would never end…
On the 9th track "Trees and Flowers", Zach and Kiki return with what seems like a sequel to "Red, green, blue" for some additional intimate moments and "I feel home", the second instance of deep tech on the album, seems to have jumped out of a Berlin sound studio and seems infused by the creative orgasm that prevails there day and night.
With "Omnipresent", Serafim goes back to the dark nightclub, offering up a track for the hours where night gives way to the first light of day so that "Hunter" can follow next. A cosmic, neo-psychedelic storm for sci-fi journeys! The cosmic trip continues with "Memorial", which starts with sounds and voices, an entire life’s memories, to evolve into a virtual soundtrack of a lost-in-space road movie, strewn with galactic dust..
For this specific album, it would have been difficult for Serafim to select a more fitting closing track than "Sober"! As if a string quartet invaded the studio for an impromptu jam session, it is an exhibition of the artist’s rare talents in composition and instrumentation. Tsotsonis unveils, skillfully, within just a few minutes, his education in classical music, developing a subject so multifunctional and admirable, that it does not allow a shred of doubt about his talent.
"Beautiful People" by Serafim Tsotsonis is one of the most comprehensive productions that will be heard this year and has the prospects to become a reference point in the development of Greek electronica, as well as establish the musician as a leader and innovator among his peers..