Lola's Bad 'Miss Abyss 2046 EP' Release Monday 3rd June 2013
EP Title: Miss Abyss 2046
Release Date: 3rd June
Black Fantasy records
“Bewitching delivery that pivots uneasily somewhere between Grace Jones and Fever Ray”
God Is In The TV
“A decadent, luxurious critique of self-indulgent contemporary pop” Notion
“The Knife meets Cocteau Twins. Uncomfortable and shady whilst also being distinctly impressive in its nonconformist nature” The Sound Of Confusion
On June 3rd, Greek-born/London-based Evangelia C aka Lola’s Bad will release her debut EP ‘Miss Abyss 2046’, which introduces a ferocious femininity to the dream pop genre. Like Diamanda Galas before her, Evangelia sets one foot in the future and another in the past, bringing classical theatrics to postmodern forms. Her unique contribution, however, is to draw on the traditions of both the Greek Archipelago and the British Isles, resulting in a Mediterranean-Celtic aesthetic that is as harsh as it is ethereal.
This cavalcade of influences is directed down its pathway of performance-art-video-pop by what Evangelia describes as a ‘hidden sensual surrealist touch’, which underpins her every mode of expression. Opposed to the avant-garde’s tendency towards introversion and self-indulgence, Evangelia engages with her audience so that she may pervert as well as entertain.
‘Corona Wide’ opens the EP dramatically with the essence of a ritualistic chant. Heavy percussive beats, the trademark layered vocals and a haunting backdrop of electronic strings harken back to the Amazons of Greek Mythology. ‘Kissing The Night’ is unconventional, abrasive electro with oriental undertones, while ‘Cyber Censation’ is a glitching cascade of eerie electronica. Providing a cathartic end to the record, ‘Pray’ and ‘Dream Brother’ transfix the listener with a dense/celestial diptych that encapsulates the EP's sound.
Evangelia’s live performances are equally as intriguing as her recordings and serve as both canvas and catalyst for the music to take shape – her experience as a professional dancer, actress and video artist puts her on a whole new level when it comes to the composition and execution of the Lola’s Bad show, which is more like a living installation or live experiment than a typical ‘concert’.
In addition to appearances at the Biennale and the Deathtripping festival (with Lydia Lunch), this graduate of Central St Martin’s Performance Art programme has written, directed and starred in a sold-out theatre adaptation of David Lynch's 'Fire Walk With Me' staged in an illegal Athens nightclub, performed a 90-minute monologue as Andy Warhol at the Cochrane Theatre in London, and played a cannibal feeding raw meat to audience members who had been strapped to a table in the legendary Shunt space. It should come as no surprise that such a dynamic and driven artist now writes and produces the entire Lola's Bad concept and content with just one collaborator, Bat Halliday.
3.Kissing The Night
April 26, 2013 8:10am ET by 9PR