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The Obscure Music Club

Lena Platonos – Gallop

  • By: zizAziz
  • Category: Sound

Lena Platonos is a Greek musician, pianist and composer of electronic and art music. She took a leading role in the underground electronic music scene in the 1980s.

Her talent began to be noticed as early as the late 70s, when she took part in the production of the kid’s radio show Lilipoupoli, writing verses and music that becoming the most well-known songs of the broadcast.

Her first full-length album Sabotage, released in 1981, is a musical milestone of Greek electronic music. Precursor of her most famous three personal records which constituted a point of reference and inspiration for many musicians: Sun’s Masks (1984), Gallop (1985), and Lepidoptera (1986).

In these records Platonos turned entirely to electronic music and to experimental directions in form, orchestration and telegraphic verse. Her compositions follow minimalistic motifs with intense use of analog synths accompanied by the Roland TR-808 drum machine, schematising intergalactic staged soundscapes. The voice plays a central role throught her abstract and futuristic verses, usually surrealistic in their expression, and is distinguished by her tenderness and childlike innocence. The result is a sort of disturbing cryptic messages.

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A perfect example that shows her style is Bloody Shadows From Afar, a reply to a friend’s letter composed with a killer synth bass and with her hypnotic voice.
An other song on Gallop LP is Rumanian Immigrants, and tells the story of the Romanians immigrants that moved in her friend’s apartment. She was so attracted by the Romanian language that she decided to write this song.

More techno electronic are the tracks Τι νέα ψιψίνα and A Physical Exercise Unresolved, but always with surreal voice and direct lyrics that touch on themes of daily routine and personal relationships, or connections with the uncertainty and instability of the political system.

Her verses against the shallow and kitsch culture of that time are as relevant today as they was back in 1985.