A riveting concern of depth and reflection. A phrase filled with angst and celebration. ‘Souvenir’ is a compact insurgence, decked in marred scars in emotion and assemblage for the next day. A resistance anthem from Irene Skylakaki, a vision dwells up high at the edges of acceptance.
“I got my first taste of ‘Souvenir’ a few years ago, when producer Andres Mesa sent me a voice recording of some beautiful piano chords he had come up with. They were so irresistible that I had to turn them into a song. Having just gone through a breakup, the task felt simple and organic. We then spent a couple of years playing around with different versions of the song, until Hristos Lainas helped us finalize it. I shared the end-result with Jay-Jay Johanson, an artist I admire and respect enormously, and on new year’s eve I was presented with the most surreal surprise. Jay-Jay had not only remixed the song, but had also added his vocals to it. In a very serendipitous way, we found ourselves in South Africa, shooting a music video with David East, a director whose work I’m a big fan of. I really hope you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed this journey.”
Beautiful expressions, diabolically met with ample visuals, the combination of the mediums collide in a cosmic lust for love, renewal, and self rectitude.
To date, Irene has released three studio albums: Wrong Direction (2012), Before Dawn (2014) and Matterless (2018), which was produced by Danton Supple (Coldplay, U2, Morrissey, Patti Smith, Ed Harcourt) and features musicians such as Richard Jupp (Elbow).
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