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Xylouris White

black peak

bella union

heavyweight black lp + download

Released: 7th Oct 2016



Released: 7th Oct 2016


As spellbinding and original a duo as you’re likely to hear, the eponymously monikered duo brings together the audacious playing of Dirty Three’s Jim White and Cretan luteist George Xylouris.

A peak in both artists’ careers, the album testifies to their determination to stretch the scope of their instruments and forge something vigorously questing from more traditional roots. The fluidity of their partnership is clear from the rolling explosion of the title-track, where White’s thunderous rhythm seems to urge, and be urged along in turn, by Xylouris’s chugging lute-rock riff, pirouetting melody and soaring vocal. This is rich and sonorous stuff, overlaid with spiritual vocal pronouncements from within and without, with both Bonnie Prince Billy and Psarandonic guesting to stunning effect. A brave and brilliant transmission from the Bella Union label. 

black peak

  1. Black Peak
  2. Forging
  3. Hey, Musicians
  4. Erotokritos (Opening)
  5. Short Rhapsody
  6. Pretty Kondilies
  7. The Feast