Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this evening’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on Konstantinos Dilzas and his latest studio endeavor, ‘Petra Ki Efhi.’ The new tune has an array of other contributors, so let’s get them addressed right out of the gate. The track features vocals by Sofia Arvaniti, arrangement, music, and lyrics by Dimitris Kiklis, and accordion performed by Jim Papadamis. It's a Latin track, and it’s an acclaimed one, too, since its landed quite highly on the international and US iTunes Latin charts. (#81 and #56 respectively.) Let’s dig right into the song.
I should establish a key point from the get-go: I only speak English. Thus, the international tongues in this track are lost on me, so I can’t accurately delve into the full lyricism of the track. I do know, however, that the song is about “two people disappointed from their past lives, who met suddenly and decided to throw a stone at their past and make a wish to live the rest of their lives together.” It’s apparently a true story as well. Despite not understanding the vocals, though, I can vouch for Dilzas’ and Arvaniti’s vocal performances. They accent each other beautifully and both have an elegant set of chops perfect for this type of music.
What is this type of music, then? Well, it’s very accordion dominated, thanks to Papadamis’ contribution. Its Latin flair is hauntingly beautiful, jaunting through the instrumentation with remarkable tact. The full backing band is extraordinarily good as well, crafting a sound that feels wholly authentic and contemporary, all while managing to pay perfect homage to its Latin roots. I am disappointed that Arvaniti is so buried in the mix of the track, though. ‘Petra Ki Efhi’ would have been even more powerful if she and Dilzas traded off verses or lines rather than her softly crooning behind him. Her presence is wonderful, yes, but it does feel strong-armed out of the picture, even for a 'featured artist' role.
Dilzas, a naval architect and marine engineer, has a deep knowledge of Greek discography from the 1970s onward, something that is a catalyst for him pursuing some musical projects outside of his work. As a result of this, his own catalog is quite diverse, showcasing a variety of Greek, Spanish, and other influences. This coming year, he’s slated to release a collection entitled ‘INE KI EKINA TA PROINA,’ an electronic/house record based on his poems. That’s pretty darn cool, and so is ‘Petra Ki Efhi.’ Give it a spin.