Reviews on Sisyphus for March 2021
#2 in the World Music Charts Europe for March 2021
#2 in the selection of “8 + 1 worthy recent albums by Greek artists and bands” by Fontas Trousa for lifo.gr
#3 on DJ Madame B’s monthly selections as a panelist of Transglobal World Music Chart for the month of March 2021
#16 in the Transglobal World Music Charts for March 2021.
Sons de la Mediterrània – enderrock.cat
“Just as there is a Sufi maxim that says “only infinite paths deserve to be followed,” philosopher Albert Camus argued in the essay The Myth of Sisyphus that pushing a rock to the top to fall back is absurd destiny, but it is our destiny. And these two sources, among many others, are joined by Labropoulou to construct a hypnotic work, presided over by the calm sound of his instrument, in which traditional lamentations of Epirus, Ottoman classical music, instrumental reading of “Anarchy in the UK” and “God save the Queen” of the Sex are amalgamated Pistols, which turns the ragged punk melodies into a quiet lullaby, the structures of ancient Greek tragedies and a final “demolition” in the form of lament so that everything can start again …
Xaris Symvoulidis – mic.gr
“Sofia Labropoulou with “Sisyphus” proves why she is considered as the most important kanun player of the younger generation”
Alexander Kochman – mica – music austria.
“Sisyphus” was instrumented by Kanun, Santur, Oud, Ney, double bass, clarinet, violin, cello as well as voice and various percussion elements. This range of sound possibilities gives the arrangements an authenticity which – even in the genre of world music – is seldom heard. At the same time, by merging different musical cultures and dissolving creative boundaries, a musical potpourri is created that sends the listeners’ taste buds on an extremely exciting journey. It moves between the unknown and the familiar, between West and East, as well as between tradition and modernity.
Russell Higham – Songlines
There’s a calming and restorative, almost otherworldly, beauty to this album in which the eclecticism of the source material adds to the auditory and cerebral appeal.