First release for the duet totsouko & illy by the record company To Pikap Records, entitled AT. It is preceded by the EPs “Als das Kind Kind war” and “Olga Xefteri” by totsouko and the cassette “If a man builds one thousand bridges …” by Titicut Follies of which illy is also a member.
Totsouko & illy, give us an unpretentious and at the same time dense, concept album. Recorded in September 2019 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje as the sound environment of a performance by artist Alexandros Plomaritis, the work acquires its autonomy with its release on vinyl. Listening to it, one recognizes the subtle acrobatics between the voluntary intention of the composition and the improvisational response to the temporal and spatial conditions in which it was born. It is this ability of some musicians to transform even the unexpected of a live performance into an organic element of their expression.
The past and the present constantly converse in the work of totsouko & illy through a process of elegiac disorder. Kosmische and dub atmospheres meet ritual percussion and gamelan cymbals, while dilated prog snapshots are permeated by Sun Ra's poetry about freedom.
The result is a contemporary musical work with a strong personality and original character.
released February 18, 2022
Written by totsouko & illy
Recorded live on September 2019 at the “Skopje Museum of Contemporary Art”
Cover painting by Myrto
Atwork layout by Ko
Mastered by To Tsouko