After receiving renewed attention with the reissue of a selection of his early works on Dutch label 'Into The Light Records', Vangelis Katsoulis offers an 8 track LP and 12 track CD album aptly entitled “If Not Now When,” for Alex Bradley’s Utopia Records imprint.
The Avant Garde movement largely influenced Katsoulis’ early works after which he turned to minimalism, applying elements of jazz and rock into the genre. Since the 80s, the use of technology has become present is his compositions, whist not diminishing the importance of the human factor and the creative involvement of the performer.
Today he is striving for simplicity, trying to express the most, using the least, providing the context for this release. From the subtle ambience of title track “If Not Now When", to the intense and confronting sound on “All The Blue Skies", Katsoulis and his accompanying musicians deliver a diverse and contemporary work with a level of sophistication that will challenge the current electronic musical landscape. The purity of sound in stand out track ‘Tore’ is juxtaposed by the dark and gritty “Grand Delusions”, a remarkably modern composition which sounds like it has been composed for a Berlin Techno club, from a man we suspect has never been to one. 'Slipping Beauties', the most revered of Katsoulis' back catalogue is given an organic and intelligent reinterpretation for 2016. The haunting and provocative vocal performance by Anna Linardou on ‘Zarrin' leads the record down an even more emotive and provocative paths.
A1. All The Blue Skies [06:51]
A2. Liquidity [05:19]
A3. Grand Delusions [07:07]
A4. Noir [03:27]
B1. Tore [05:45]
B2. The Slipping Beauty Part II [02:51]
B3. Zarrin [05:09]
B4. If Not Now, When [05:16]
Format: 12-inch Vinyl LP
Label: Utopia Records
Genre: Ambient, Avant-garde Jazz, Minimal, New Age