Descent – the Greek producer’s sixth solo album out
via Ki Records – is largely influenced by the Berlin
music scene and culture as well as everyday life there.
“I was moving a lot between Athens and Berlin and I
was feeling undecided where my home is. Home is a
returning back to the place I was feeling safe and
closer to myself” says Hior of the track ‘Back Home’. It’s
all about simple everyday pleasures like a late night
walk along the river Spree, reflected in rich textures of
'Spree at night’.
Throughout the years of writing and recording, Hior
has collaborated with film makers as well as diverse
artists such as Masatoshi Fujita, Akira Kosemura or
Christian Löffler. On this recording he is joined by two
vocalists. “Anna Maria's voice is so innocent and pure
that it inspired me to compose ‘Make Sense’, which
was a nice start for me creating a pop song for the
first time” he says. It sets the tone beautifully; Hior’s
rhythms a soft hum underneath Anna Maria’s ghostly
The closing track of the album ‘Trace’ is a collaboration with the vocalist Faira, “She has a warm and very emotional voice. At first I wrote this track for piano and then it naturally became a different song adding electronic sounds”. Descent weaves together propulsive rhythms and deconstructed vocals in an organic and thoroughly arresting blend.
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