Archetypes


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Horse Dark As Night
Hermes
The Lunatic
Apollo
Ode To The Absent Father
Lilith

If We Were Blind
Nothing We Can Do
Snake
There Will Be A Time

 

Produced by Dimitris Lilis & Cyanna Mercury
Co-produced, mixed, engineered by Alex Bolpasis
Recorded at Artracks studios, Athens
Mastered by James Plotkin

Spyreas Sid – vocals & percussion
Nick Sid – keyboard
Diamond Pr – guitars
Dennis Panagiotidis – drums
Dimitri Georgopoulos – bass

Additional:
Kafka: voice in Horse Dark As Night, Hermes & Ode To The Absent Father
Esterina: backing vocals in Horse Dark As Night, The Lunatic, Lilith, There Will Be A Time
Stella Valasi: santouri in Nothing We Can Do
Kostas Karagiannakis: bouzouki in The Lunatic
Phil Diamond: backing vocals in Lilith
Vocal solo in The Lunatic and backing vocals in If We Were Blind by Nick Sid

 

Cover Painting by Kyle Fite • kylefite.wordpress.com
Layout Design by Bewild Brotherbewildbrother.com

 

Released:
November 21, 2016 (Vinyl & Digital)
May 15, 2017 (CD)


“Dark folk, gothic, traditional greek rhythms, psychedelic rock. Cyanna Mercury have already made their mark with their debut release and I can’t wait for their next steps.”
Parasighting blog 

“..an approximately forty two minutes journey to which the audience is enticed to partake with its earthy ritualism in an album best heard around a burning pyre casting shadowy light around the grouping.”
Emerging Indie Bands blog


 

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Merch

Order the gatefold vinyl or digipack CD directly from us:
https://cyannamercury.bandcamp.com/album/archetypes

Download/stream from iTunes / Spotify / Apple Music etc: 
http://smarturl.it/Archetypes

Order the Archetypes Tee:
https://cyannamercury.bandcamp.com/merch/archetypes-t-shirt

 Vinyl also available at
Syd Records, 13 Protogenous str., 
Athens
Ikaros Records, 14 Karaoli Demetriou str., Halandri
Sound Effect Records, 50 Trikoupi Spyrou and Kallidromiou str., Athens
Rhythm Records, 74 Benaki Emmanouil str., Athens
Joe Records, 33Α Filopimenos str., 
Patras
Lotus Record Shop, 7 Skra str., Thessaloniki


 

Reviews

Review by Stefano Cerati • FIRE magazine 
“Do not be misled by self-release. This is an excellent quality record that, if the world were fair, would make all forward-looking labels happy. The Greek scene is in turmoil and these guys are great exponents.
They combine a dark sensibility, tender night prayers (Apollo) with a psychedelic sense of mystery, romantic and full of strong emotions at the same time. Among their tutelary deities, we can include Danzig (Horse Dark As Night) and Doors (The Lunatic, Snake) because they know how to move in the middle of fascinating shades of night, their natural habitat (There Will Be A Night).
But they sift it all with a sense of magic and heathen that comes from their land by use of folk instruments such as the bouzouki and santouri. You end up trapped in a web of feelings where the dark rock goes hand in hand with prog, new wave and psychedelia. Ode To The Absent Father is a track that seems to come from the pen of Nick Cave. The best moments however, are those who dig the soul with chanting tones, ritual drums, really witchy and occult music by the large magnetic impact thanks to the organ (If We Were Blind, Nothing We Can Do). They are dark mantra, almost apocryphal hymns to the gods of their land. (8/10)”

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Review by Jeff Penczak • SHINDIG! magazine 
“A dark mystical vibe permeates the debut album from this Greek quintet, settling comfortably somewhere between Sabbath, Sisters Of Mercy and The Doors. Spyreas Sid’s powerful (English) vocals descend directly from Morrison and Eldritch, and (Greek) spoken-word segments (‘Hermes’) and piano interludes (‘Apollo’) break up the surrounding maelstrom. The atmosphere is liberally peppered throughout with Eastern instrumentation and arrangements, and track like the proggy ‘The Lunatic’ and ‘If We Were Blind’ would not be out of place in a Sensational Alex Harvey Band set.
Darkwave goths will tremble to the ‘Ode To An Absent Father’ and Nick Sid’s eerie organ fills and Dennis Panagiotidis’ stormtrooping drumming instill many tracks with a sense of dread and dark foreboding. There’re a lot of styles in play here, but prog, psych and goth fans will be equally engaged by this exciting new band. (3/5)”

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Review by Frazer Jones • Desert Psychlist blog 
“‘Archetypes’ is an album that revels in it’s diversity from the torch like opener ‘Horse Dark As Night’ with it’s Morrison-esque vocal crooning, through the lo-fi doom of ‘The Lunatic’ with it’s eerie use of keyboards and bouzouki past the gothic tinted paean ‘Ode To The Absent Father’ and the Doors-like ‘Snake’ onto the quite surreal and utterly beguiling closer ‘There Will Be A Time’ Cyanna Mercury leave nothing that the listener can find to hang a convenient tag on to.
Wonderfully left of centre and defying any type of genre categorization ‘Archetypes’ is an album that dazzles and disturbs in equal measure.”

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Review by Klaudia Weber • Stalker Magazine blog 
“Sie selbst bezeichnen es als “Psychedelic Folk” – die Griechen Cyanna Mercury legen hier ein ziemlich ambitioniertes Album in Eigenverlag vor. Mit ambitioniert meine ich, dass sie sich viel Mühe gegeben haben, ihrem Werk den entsprechenden Rahmen zu geben – als Produzenten konnten Dimitris Lilis (Sound) und Alex Bolpasis (The Noise Figures, Whereswilder etc. – Mix) sowie James Plotkin (Electric Wizard, Moon Duo, Merzbow, John Carpenter, St. Vitus etc.) fürs Mastering gewonnen werden. Dazu gibt’s Gastauftritte von Kafka (Stimme in „Horse Dark As Night“, „Hermes“ und „Ode To The Absent Father“), Esterina (backing vocals in „Horse Dark As Night“, „The Lunatic“, „Lilith“ and „There Will Be A Time“), Stella Valasi (Santouri in „Nothing We Can Do“), Kostas Karagiannakis (Bouzouki in „The Lunatic“) und Phil Diamond (backing vocals in „Lilith“).
Für mich ist Archetypes sowas wie eine Zeitreise in die “Swinging 60s” – nicht nur was Psychedelic Woodstock Mamas Papas Miniröcke und Hippies oder Austin Powers- “groovy” mitklatschen und abhotten betrifft, sondern auch die Frühzeiten Hardrock. Dazu kommen noch die griechischen Folk-Elemente, und die klare Stimme kriegt gelegentlich was von Johnny Cash, oder gar Glenn Danzig in den düstereren Momenten (“Nothing We Can Do”). Apropos Sänger – Spyreas Sid hat ein bemerkenswertes ansprechendes Organ, und seine intensive Darbietung alleine ist das Reinhören wert. (9/10)”

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Review by Metal Integral blog 
“L’économie grecque est assurément mal en point mais la scène musicale hellène me semble dans une forme retentissante, comme le démontre avec assurance CYANNA MERCURY. Après plusieurs formats courts sortis de puis 2014, le quintette a auto produit son premier album, avec un résultat formel impeccable, le son était riche et vivant, le mixage garantissant un juste équilibre entre des éléments contrastés et foisonnants. Du point de vue stylistique, le groupe revendique l’étiquette de Folk psychédélique, ce qui n’est pas erroné mais ne saurait pour autant prétendre à définir de manière exhaustive le propos musical du groupe.
Une chose est certaine, les sources d’inspiration de CYANNA MERCURY sont à chercher dans le Rock et la Pop psychédélique de la fin des années 60, sans que cela exclut des apports différents (musique traditionnelle grecque), voire plus récents (une tension dramatique propre au Rock gothique). Premier indice, les guitares se font acides, même les mélodies produites s’avérant troubles ; s’entrelacent des incises venimeuses et des dentelles mélodiques.
Second indice, le chant assez grave et surtout habité, qui rappelle inévitablement Jim MORRISON des DOORS ; sur un morceau aussi hanté que The Lunatic, les vocaux se font carrément possédés, passant de l’expressivité à l’expressionnisme (jugez plutôt : cliquez ici). On retrouve un engagement plus intense également sur le très carré Snake. Sur le court Apollo, le format piano, voix profonde et phrasé solennel peut évoquer Nick CAVE. Troisième indice, le spectre sonore est savamment enrichi par des claviers vintage qui peuvent tour à tour enrichir subtilement un fond sonore ou au contraire se montrer conquérants au premier plan. Dans ce dernier cas de figure, le titre Lilith sonne exactement comme un tube de l’ère psychédélique, avec une dimension vocale Rhythm’n’Blues délectable. Qui plus est, la qualité de la composition et des arrangements de ce morceau en particulier le rend aussi percutant et irrésistible que Somebody To Love de JEFFERSON AIRPLANE ou Venus de SHOCKING BLUE !
Cependant, en termes de composition, CYANNA MERCURY ne vise pas uniquement une efficacité mélodique, loin s’en faut. Ainsi, There Will Be A Time développe une ambiance intime (voix profonde et grave à la Johnny CASH, percussions discrètes, guitare délicate) mais aussi presque religieuse (orgue, chœurs angéliques) : les amateurs de feu Jeff BUCKLEY apprécieront (cliquez ici) ! Avec davantage de pression rythmique, Nothing We Can Do et If We We’re Blind (cliquez ici) s’inscrit dans une même veine lyrique.
Ode To The Absent Father possède par contre cette raideur froide propre au Rock gothique.
La variété est donc présente au sein même d’un cadre sonore cohérent, ce qui, combiné à une interprétation vivante, nous donne un premier album passionnant. (18/20)”

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More:
Recyclable Sounds blog  (ru)
Here Comes The Flood blog  (en)
streetclip.tv (de)
fons-immortalis.com (de)
The Reviewer blog (de)
Rick Zontar blog (de)
gobsmag.nl (nl)
Camiel Music blog (nl)
rockcult.ru (ru)


 

Interviews

By Stefano Cerati (FIRE Magazine) • April 2017 (en)
By Klaudia Weber (Stalker-Magazine blog) • January 2017 (de)