And then he composed it, and his compositions were groundbreaking. Vangelis, the Greek god of the keyboards, laid the foundation for cyberpunk with his bleak, brooding, synth-heavy score in the classic neo-noir film Blade Runner. If ever you find yourself cruising solo through a gritty, neon-lit city on a rainy night, play the soundtrack below. You will not be disappointed.
I’m very sad to see that Vangelis has passed away at the age of 79. What a legend, and what a loss. Whether it was his work with Aphrodite’s Child or his work on movie scores such as Chariots of Fire or Blade Runner, he made an unforgettable mark on the music world.
White Willow, Future Hopes
by Rick Krueger
The only White Willow album I’d heard before their new effort was 2011’s doomy Terminal Twilight. Gorgeous, Gothic stuff, but it didn’t leap out at me as anything special. Future Hopes, however, is a gripping album, unpretentious in presentation (Roger Dean cover notwithstanding) but wonderfully ambitious in scope and sonics. It starts in darkness, then doggedly journeys toward the light — and it carried me along from beginning to end. Continue reading “White Willow, Future Hopes”
Delectus: A book of passages from Greek or Latin authors used for study.
When you hear the name Vangelis, depending on your age and musical affinity, you think of different things.
You think of the keyboard player of Aphrodite’s Child whose astonishing album 666 has to be heard to be believed, you think of the pioneer of electronic music whose albums were all groundbreaking in their own way, you think of the soundtrack king, in particular the unforgettable Chariots of Fire, or you think of the fact he was once invited to join Yes, and then produced three fantastic albums with Jon Anderson.
RIP Demis Roussos
Although Greek progressive rock bands are perhaps not as well known as some of their northern European counterparts, Aphrodite’s Child enjoyed a successful, albeit brief, stint as Greece’s foremost prog rock group in the late 1960s. Roussos (bass/vocals), along with Vangelis (keys), Lucas Sideras (drums), and “Silver” Koulouris (guitars), produced one of the finest early progressive rock albums: 666, an album based upon the Book of Revelation.
Roussos, who enjoyed a successful solo career after the end of Aphrodite’s Child, was 68 years old.