The Sun The Moon The Mountain: A Passage Through Greek Psychedelia

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The Sun. The Moon. The Mountain. Three fundamental elements of the Greek psyche. From the Homeric hymns of the fiery-stallion-riding sun-god Helios and his ethereal sister Selene, goddess of the moon, to the myriad myths and legends surrounding the highlands and the consecration of Mount Olympus as the dwelling of the gods, these inextricable components of the Greek landscape, brimming with rich symbolism and religious gravitas, have dominated indigenous lore, mythology, literature, poetry and music for millennia.

In modern-day Greece, one of the music genres that largely incorporated with such symbols and concepts of old -either lyrically or musically- is undoubtedly psychedelic rock. The pioneering work of Socrates Drank The Conium and Aphrodite’s Child in the seventies, established the connection between Greek psychedelic music and religious/folkloric themes. Vangelis’ epically toned solo career focused on mythical ideas, while psych bards Purple Overdose delved deeper into the magical mysticism of antiquity.

Today we’re amidst a full-on psychedelic rock revival. New bands emerge consecutively, recalling old motifs on one hand, contributing essentially to the genre with new ideas on the other, whereas occult and spiritual notions are commonplace. With this release we want to honour the ever-growing Greek psychedelic rock scene that stands strong in the current global renaissance of the genre.

Juxtaposing our title to the collection of songs featured on this vinyl, the following concept might arise: The sun represents psychedelic rock in its most lurid expression, a euphoric desert plain walkabout towards a bacchic celebration of light. The moon takes us on a slow-burning trip into the night, with the melancholic exaltation of glazed psychedelia. The mountain is manifested by a massive wall of sound, evoking visions of dark rites and primordial cults. Each featured band mirrors a singular element, steering into a substantial whole.

The Sun. The Moon. The Mountain. As influential and imposing and radiant as ever. Enjoy!

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released September 4, 2017

All tracks are original recordings, except “600 Miles” by The Road Miles, featured in the album “Ballads for the Wasteland” and “Amplifier In My Heart” by Sleepin Pillow, featured in the album “Apples On An Orange Tree”, both newly remastered and presented in vinyl format for the first time.

Cover Art by Fotis Varthis. Woodcut engraved, inked and printed by hand by the artist. Watch the entire procedure here: youtu.be/nZd4oASJRWM
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Assembled by Theo Prasidis
Post-mastering by George Nikoglou

An Archaeopian Beat
Cat. Number: BEAT 001
℗ 2017 Archaeopia

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PRESS QUOTES

"The acts represented in The Sun, the Moon, the Mountain bring something of their own — something definitively Greek — to the mix as well, and as that continues to be refined and defined in the years to come, it will no doubt be the foundation of an influence spreading within and without the country’s borders alike. As a document of that process’ beginnings, this passage through Greek psychedelia couldn’t be more welcome." ~The Obelisk
theobelisk.net/obelisk/2017/09/13/va-the-sun-the-moon-the-mountain-review/

"Archaeopia deserve full credit for bringing these bands together and creating a beautifully sounding and heavy album that stands on its own merits. Excellent and highly recommended." ~Outlaws of the Sun
outlawsofthesun.blogspot.com/2017/09/the-sun-moon-mountain-passage-through.html

"The sound feels natural, almost pagan. [...] This collection is essentially the pot where the fermentation of Light and Dark takes place somewhere in the Aegean sea." ~More Fuzz
morefuzz.net/reviews/sun-moon-mountain-passage-greek-psychedelia

"H εταιρία έκανε κάτι πολύ όμορφο και εξαιρετικά σημαντικό στον συνεχόμενο διάλογο, αυτού που λέμε περί «ελληνικής σκηνής». Ισχυροποίησε το ύφος όμορων συγκροτημάτων, αλλά πάνω από όλα την παρουσία τους σε ένα γίγνεσθαι αν μη τι άλλο διεθνές που φέρει χαρακτηριστική ντόπια υπογραφή με όλα αυτά τα στοιχεία που δίνουν τον μεσογειακό τόνο, όπως φύση, μυθολογία, κοσμική ψυχεδέλεια." ~Rockap
www.rockap.gr/δισκοκριτική-συλλογής-the-sun-the-moon-the-mountain-a-passage-through-greek-psychedelia-δ/

"Μια εξαιρετική και άρτια δουλειά από την Archaeopia και τον Theo Prasidis που επιμελήθηκε της έκδοσης, η οποία εκπροσωπεί τις διαφορετικές πτυχές της ελληνικής underground σκηνής του σήμερα και ενσωματώνει την γεμάτη μυθολογικά στοιχεία ψυχεδελικη κουλτούρα, όπως γεννήθηκε στα 60’s." ~Paranoise Radio
www.paranoiseradio.com/index.php/news/releases/va-the-sun-the-moon-the-mountain/

"Καλύτερος αγγλόφωνος ελληνικός δίσκος για το 2017" ~Ιστορία της Ελληνικής Νεολαίας
freedomgreece.blogspot.gr/2017/12/2017.html

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Track Name: Tau & Villagers of Ioannina City - Wakey Wakey
The Elements are talking
They’re bringing us closer
All Tribes together
There's only one solution
And it’s not the animals who are in the cages
And I wanna thank them for their patience

Cause when we are at the Fire
We liberate the Spirit
And the prayers that we offer
Go direct to the infinite
And I wanna send this straight to the Water
And I wanna send this straight to the Lakota

Iana Iana Hei Iana Hei Iana Hei Nei Yo Wey
Iana Iana Hei Iana Hei Iana Hei Nei Yo Wey

Wakey Wakey, Earthquake Shaky
Wakey Wakey, Earthquake Shaky
Cause I’m sick and tired of having to pay for Water
And I know the same applies for the Lakota

Iana Iana Hei Iana Hei Iana Hei Nei Yo Wey
Iana Iana Hei Iana Hei Iana Hei Nei Yo Wey

Aho Grande Espiritu
Aho Standing Rock
Aho Aho Aho
Track Name: The Road Miles - 600 Miles
I'm walking that road for 600 miles
I'm after this shadow this man dressed in black
The structure is present and shades my existence
And I will just live for this cause

The sand from this desert is burning my eyes
The villagers call me and sing "Hey Jude"
The world is just ruins the ancients have left us
And I've found a lunatic train

I'm walking that road as long I've remembered
I don't know what for but that tower's waiting
The dreams that are haunting my life are not stopping
And I just can't end my poor quest

The man dressed in black is calling my name
The sun is just scorching but that's just the game
He's just a few miles ahead but I know that
This road is just vain
Track Name: Cyanna Mercury - The Flood
There came a Flood and it was summer
There was a house that I could crawl and wait
The weeds would grow high in my garden
I didn't care - all I could do was stay away
I left a trail of fire behind me
I built this shrine from ash and pain

All my heart can take
All my ears can hear
All my arms can hold
All my heart can heal

The Flood still comes like every summer
This is the house that I can hide away
I've left this trail of fire behind me
My bridges burn until I learn to rise to grace

All my heart can take
All my ears can hear
All my arms can hold
All my heart can heal

I used to be a liar I
I used to cheat but every time
God put me down
I used to be a liar I
I used to cheat but every time
God put me down
I used to be a liar I
I used to cheat but every time

God put me down
God put me down
God put me down
God put me down
Track Name: Sleepin Pillow - Amplifier In My Heart
Today the scriptures are fulfilled
This kingdom is for real
It is here

Join me forever we’ll be young
I know the time is here
For real

One hundred thousand voices
Whisper in my head
Oh yeah

Leading me to temptation
Calling me to repent
Oh yeah

There’s an amplifier in my heart
Feeds the ancient fire in my heart
Track Name: Green Yeti - Monkey Riders
Five on acid, blown away
What an ordinary word
Instead of roaming free
You’re lost inside of me

I don’t know what you’ve been told
O and one is none at all
Brodie sleeps it all away
What a lonesome thing to say

I don’t know which way to go
Hills have saved their best for last
Lucy dissolves it all away
Grab her by the wrist and wave

On the mountain
Yetis left a trail
Things get wilder
Every single day
Off their mountain
You can see them go
Monkey riders
In the afterglow
Track Name: Craang - When In Ruins
When everyone is gone
I’ll walk among your ruins
Meaningless legacy
In the hands of the universe
Turn into dust from birth to death in instants

One by one as you fall
One by one as you fall

…Again
And the wind never sleeps
But the windmills stay still
Enters in my soul

Empty the buildings
Empty the streets
My curse is to see all this happening again

And the wind never sleeps
But the windmills stay still
Enters in my soul

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