4/05/2019

IOANNA GIKA RELEASES DEBUT SOLO ALBUM THALASSA

IOANNA GIKA RELEASES DEBUT SOLO ALBUM THALASSA; SHOWS WITH GARBAGE IN MAY

LISTEN TO THALASSA HERE


"The tension Gika creates isn't just palpable; it makes you want a cigarette and someone to hug."  - ROLLING STONE

"Gika's timbre and heart are inimitable here, and hint at the winsome promise of her solo career to come." - REVOLVER

"With her debut Thalassa, the stellar singer Ioanna Gika arrives with tasteful orchestrations, stunning arrangement, and immersive delivery to create an album of intelligent art pop." - POP MATTERS



Ioanna Gika has just released her debut solo album Thalassa via Sargent House. Thalassa takes its name from the primeval spirit of the sea, a nod to the singer's Greek heritage and a thematic touchstone for the self-produced 10 song set. Written in Greece during a period of familial grief and romantic dissolution, Thalassa documents an unanchored soul facing nature at its most unforgiving. Gika's unique voice is laid bare, a beacon above the black water of dense, looming production that lies beneath. Her lyrics (recently quoted by Booker Prize winning author Arundhati Roy in her best-selling book The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness) sung in Greek as well as English, chart a path through her own mourning while luring the ear like a siren's call.

The theme of change is represented not only in the album's lyrics, but also in Gika's production: from expansive opener "Roseate" to the stark loneliness of album closer "Drifting," she channels the helplessness of being plunged into the depths of Thalassa's great waves, along with the adrenaline of not knowing if she will come up for air.

The album was preceded by a self-directed music video for album track "Out Of Focus," featuring world surf champion Jake Caster as the Greek god Pan, cutting waves in a surreal indoor wave barrel as Gika performs the song beside him, a run of live dates supporting Deafheaven and DIIV last Fall, and a moving essay she penned for The Creative Independent about her journey as a professional musician. She will support Garbage in May as part of a Spring tour supporting the release of Thalassa (dates below). Many more shows to be announced soon.



WATCH THE SELF-DIRECTED "OUT OF FOCUS" VIDEO

LISTEN TO THALASSA HERE:

READ IOANNA GIKA'S ESSAY FOR THE CREATIVE INDEPENDENT



IOANNA GIKA TOUR DATES WITH GARBAGE

May 3 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
May 7 Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
May 8 Charlotte, NC @ The Filmore
May 16 Los Angeles, CA @ The Shrine





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