Producer, lyricist and vocalist, Kristi Stassinopoulou, brings us an album of experimental expression inspired by the elements, specifically from the vicinity of the Aegean Sea. Musically, of the songs are characteristically reminiscent of natural forces including water, gusts of wind and seashore taking the brunt of the incoming waves. Similarly, The Secrets Of The Rocks, attempts to recreate the sounds of the Aegean Sea by way of lyrical references that evoke Earthly visualizations, and the musical realizations of the generated images induced. Kristi utilizes contemporary sound arrangements and keyboard washes with traditional saz, bass, bagpipe, flute, lyre, accordion and assorted percussion. All songs are sung in Greek. For the most part, Kristi uses simple, yet clear, vocal stylings, at times strikingly similar to Finland’s female vocal group Varttina, over a somewhat complex and meandering background of instrumental musings that are as unpredictable and fascinating as the Earthly elements themselves. Overall, Kristi Stassinopoulou has created a basically indefinable genre of music. One should unlock and tap into the musical “secrets” of nature and give The Secrets Of The Rocks an intent listen.
Paula E. Kirman