ERT Radio Greece – C-Drain new release ‘Covers Unplugged’ Ep Album on Top 6 (English-lyric) Albums of 2016 and in TOP 20 of all 2016 Releases!!!
BBC RADIO: C-Drain’s “Oh Miami!” – “Very Nice!!!”
Brian Wilson (Beach Boys): Favorites ‘Oh Miami!’ and re-posted it on his personal page!
CANADA TOP 40 RADIO CHARTS (August ’14): C-Drain “Oh Miami!” – No #09
Music emissions.com (USA): Rating: 9/10 “…C-Drain’s debut single ‘So What?’ is just the sort of musical break from the misery we need. And that is the key to what makes a good pop song – it fits the moment. And ‘So What?’ does indeed fit the moment…so, go on…listen to “So What?” It will cheer you up guaranteed!”
No TiTle magazine (UK): “…If this artist continues to unearth interesting influences and a variety of angles his future album would certainly create a few welcome debates…”
Music emissions.com (USA): Rating: 9,5/10 – “Producer/artist Christos Pappas resurfaces with his latest track “Oh Miami!” Blending modern rock with continuing West Coast retro pop theme, he switches coasts, pens an ode and paints a vivid portrait of the Southern Florida party city. Mixing tinges of reggae as a clever nod to its proximity to the Caribbean, this could be the metropolis’ next theme song!”
Music emissions.com : Rating: 4/5, 9/10 “’So What?’ is full of the close male harmonies which graced any number of successful bands in the sixties…but features distorted vocals and a production quality which is definitely of the 21st century…cheerful, bright and sunny, something entertaining to take our minds of all this nonsense surrounding us. ‘So What?’, almost as its title suggests, is just the sort of musical break from the misery we need. And that is the key to what makes a good pop song – it fits the moment. And ‘So What?’ does indeed fit the moment…so, go on…listen to “So What?” It will cheer you up guaranteed!” Full Review @: http://www.musicemissions.com/artists/albums/index.php?album_id=16961
C-Drain’s debut single instantly creates a feel-good summery vibe with its energy and understated lyrics that heavily disguise darker cultural inspirations. This chirpy tune, to its credit, is clearly genre defined; it wouldn’t feel out of place in an American coming-of-age film or road trip adventure as a token retro track The brazenly light-hearted and initially charming chorus kicks in straight away..Fortunately, these hippy style musical attributes are combined with more contemporary characteristics in between to create a decent level of depth…If this artist continues to unearth interesting influences and a variety of angles his future album would certainly create a few welcome debates…Full Review @ http://notitlemagazine.com/c-drain-so-what/#sthash.Tz6Avyrq.dpuf
Coral Caves ‘Sometimes Shine’ EP – Reviews:
BBC RADIO Leeds: “…Yeah! Coral Caves – Very Nice!!!”
AltRockIsDead.com USA: “Interesting stats on ‘Shine’, we’ve played it 75 times, of those listeners who rated it, it’s rated 4 out of 5 stars, no drops, great work!!”
Jumbo Records UK: “Local heroes Coral Caves walk the lines between lush, touching songwriting ala Echo And The Bunnymen and a slightly dark and gothic take on indie…Needless to say this 3 track E.P. is well worth checking out…”
Rockap.gr (GRE): “…overall we are dealing with a flawless presentation that if anything left speechless at the professionalism…’Sometimes’ with subcutaneous blues…flirts heavily with Pink Floyd-economic tradition…to overemphasize the beautiful psychedelic parts…’Shine’…creating an incredible maze of sounds that travels in vivid colors…The ‘Can’t stop that feeling’ stands out thanks to the wonderful voice of Christos Pappas…creating a lo-fi masterpiece…” – http://www.rockap.gr/coral-caves-sometimes-shine/
Music Emissions USA: “…Sometimes Shine is definitely worth a listen with crisp production, great band chemistry and the moody and broody will undeniably connect with this EP.”
Coral Caves ‘Labyrinth’s Path’ LP – Reviews:
Dark and mysterious…this album slowly hypnotises you into it’s funeral paced world…From the atmospheric Tenor and Alto Sax to the eerieness of Christos Pappas’s vocals this mournful, yet fresh story brings to mind the doomier side of the Doors and perhaps a more folky version of a deathly opera. Excellent stuff.
Christos Pappas describes his album as “a musical trip from Greece and the Balkans to the West”. Which, thankfully, doesn’t mean endless bouzouki solos over happy house beats; the blend of East and West is handled here with commendable subtlety and thought. Acoustic guitars “substitute the lute and bouzouki” but usually take a back seat to saxophone, clarinet, and Christos’ doleful baritone voice. The recording is mostly naturalistic rather than ‘produced’, leaving the heavy lifting to the playing and arrangements. Both are very nicely done, but to these Western ears the sound palette becomes a little samey over the course of an entire album, while said baritone is perhaps a little too heavy on the dolefulness, at the expense of other emotions. I realise that Labyrinth’s Path is a very personal project, but I think that the involvement of other musicians and, especially, singers would give it wider appeal without diluting its individuality. Sam Inglis
Coral Caves is a band from Leeds fronted by Christos Pappas and The Labyrinth’s Path is their sophomore album. There is some serious deep, dark, progressive late 1960’s/early 1970’s folk going on here. The Labyrinth’s Path is a strange album…but I do like it.
The first thing I noticed upon hearing the new Coral Caves is their strong King Crimson influence. I’m talking about the mellow, hazy, deep, dark, horn and string driven albums such as In the Wake of Poseidon and Islands. There is also a strong Pink Floyd influence here. I love the use of horns throughout the album and the gloomy, folksy guitar work is great too. The music reminds a bit of Leonard Cohen’s at times and the lyrics and vocals are dark and tortured and they tend to head a bit in the same direction as well. Christos Pappas’ vocals can be deep and disturbing when they want to be…
I have become addicted to the Coral Caves’ hazy, funereal, death folk. The Labyrinth’s Path is a very slow moving and laid back album. From the first track ’The Night Love Bleeds (Part 1)’ you know what you are getting into and that you are there for the long haul. The music has a way of building and subsiding like the tides…With that being said there are some great tracks on The Labyrinth’s Path such as ‘Ticking Away’ with it’s Pink Floyd-like dirge and ‘Black Curtains’ for it’s sheer, dark beauty.
I couldn’t find any music to post directly on here but I do have the link to their My Space page so go check it out as there are three songs up there. I highly recommend playing ‘Black Curtains’, then if you like what you hear, listen to the rest and if you want even more again, pick up the album. It’s well worth your time and money.