Diamanda Galas - Diamanda Galas

Be not dissuaded by the cover art! Avant-garde vocalist Diamanda Galas followed her powerful debut, Litanies of Satan, with Diamanda Galas (1984). "This recording consists of two side-long pieces, both employing electronic effects to amplify some of her unusual techniques and to multiply her voices, creating a choir-like atmosphere. "Panoptikon," named after a circular prison where all occupants could be kept under constant observation, deals with the loss of personal identity and the psychosis derived therefrom. "Tragoutha Apo to Aima Exoun Fonos" deals with murderous oppression in Greece from 1967-74, the grief and rage it engendered. Both pieces are intensely emotional but without bathos, bitter yet without a shred of self-pity." (source)

Galas is one of those exciting artists working in their own genre. Most of her early (and best) albums are out of print, but her self-titled sophmore effort is particularly tricky to track down.

Diamanda Galas

5 Comments:

At 6:08 AM, Blogger Loopy C said...

I really like the way you are pushing the boundaries here, it inspires me to go back to a lot of artists in my collection that share this ethic. Thanks for the inspiration ;-)

 
At 5:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Orff Schulwerk!

Excellent blog, what a relief from all the pop blogs, thank you.

 
At 2:33 PM, Anonymous Gareth Williams said...

This is great stuff, thanks for sharing! Last I heard of Diamanda Galas (probably some of Black Mass) didn't impress me, but this does. Keep it up!

 
At 3:31 AM, Blogger acoustiss said...

Saw Galas live last year, a concert I will never forget. She did covers of Screamin Jay Hawkins, John Lee Hooker, Hank Williams as well as some of her more adventurous pieces. Look forward to hearing this as I only have 'The Singer', which I like very much.

 
At 11:53 PM, Blogger Ro Ro said...

Could you reupload this album? I'd love to hear it. thank you for this great blog and the work you've done.

 

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