Thursday, January 13, 2022

Αρλέτα (Arleta) - 2 (1967)

Haunting, sparse folk from Greek musician Arleta. I came to Arleta in an indirect, nerdy way: namely, via the instrumental trio Dirty Three, whose "I Remember a Time When Once You Used to Love Me" is, I discovered only recently, a cover of a song written by Greek composer/lyricist Giannis Spanos and originally performed by, you guessed it, Arleta. So I've learned a bit about her, including her involvement with the Greek neo kyma scene, her longtime low-key association with gay culture, and her passing in 2017.  But I didn't know any of that when I first heard, and was utterly transfixed, by the elusive, nocturnal sounds of 2. It's just her guitar and voice, illuminated by a touch of reverb, and that's all it needs to be.

[Thanks to adgy, the helpful commenter who uploaded 2 in FLAC, the old crappy link has been replaced by a nice, clean, 320 rip. If you'd rather have it in FLAC, have at it.

Track listing:
1. Τα Μικρά Παιδιά
2. Τίποτ’ Άλλο (Τρίπτυχο)
3. Δύο Γλάροι
4. Καβαλάρης Στραφτερός
5. Έτσι Είναι
6. Νάνι Το Γαρούφαλλό Μου
7. Ήταν Καμάρι Της Αυγής
8. Ο Τρελλός Του Χωριού
9. Σαράντα Μέρες
10. Ήτανε Μόνο Ένα Παιδί
11. Οι Σαρανταπέντε
12. Φώναξέ Με

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  1. I have this in FLAC if you'd like a copy!

    1. I would love that, and would definitely re-up the link with a better quality rip!

    2. That would be great, this sounds so good. Thank you in advance.

  2. Amazing record indeed. A better version would be appreciated !

  3. Sorry for the delay, here's the FLAC:

    1. Thank you so much! I've updated my link, and linked to your upload as well. Really appreciate that. I'd convinced myself that all the pops and skips somehow added to the listening experience, but this sounds way better.

    2. Thank YOU. I am honestly ecstatic to be able to contribute anything to this blog.