FOS to release 3rd album in July
Previous support from Boiler Room, BBC 6 Music & Rough Trade
LABEL: NEAR THE EXIT MUSIC
* FOS RETURNS WITH HER 3RD ALBUM. PREVIOUS SUPPORT FROM ROUGH TRADE, BOILER ROOM, BBC 6 MUSIC, CYCLIC DEFROST AND MANY MORE *
London based Greek born artist Katerina Koutouzi, aka Fos, is releasing her third album “Captain Free” on the artist’s own label, Near The Exit Music. The captivating melody of the main song from which the album takes its title, dominates this record. Captain Free takes you on a journey from Dalston neon market stalls reflected in kerbside puddles to the silvery darting fish swimming in the clear Greek island waters. Squidgy beats and airy synth complemented by a gentle voice full of promise, blow over the listener like a familiar summer breeze.
“Modern meets traditional on this slice of Greek folktronica” (Sic Magazine).
Fos brings together traditional acoustic instruments like the daouli Greek drum, ancient instruments like the conch-shell, other acoustic instruments including the piano and the accordion, an electronica style of programming beats using pebbles, shells and bells. Katerina often sings in different languages, using the sound of a language as another sound tool but also using voice as an instrument. This contemporary approach blends styles such as dance music, song structures using simple archetypal melodies, ambient soundscapes using her own field recordings of natural sounds like the sound of waves and minimal instrumental explorations. The pieces sometimes sound like a sound collage of different instruments and natural sounds, but with an overarching aim of creating a certain atmosphere and an emotional reaction.
In 2010 her second album “Rock” was described by Rough Trade as “a blissed out avant folk-pop revelation. A masterful piece of work..a thing of wonder”. Music critics from all over the world praised her music production style:
“If you want something done right, do it yourself..The production value is so crisp that it sounds live, with every sound – daouli, conch, footsteps on sand – leaping from the speakers. There is a lot going on, but nothing is hidden; it is as if the noonday sun has burned through the clouds and eliminated all of the shadows. Because so much of the mix is upfront, the album sounds immediate, almost to the point of being confrontational. ” (The Silent Ballet)
“That the songs range across such a broad range of styles makes Koutouzi’s Fos a challenging persona to pin down, but that’s at least preferable to the music being too one-dimensional and lacking in variety…Rock is a commendable set and its non-stop flow of ideas holds one’s attention.” (Textura)
“it’s a lovely little disc, a self-contained world within” (Cows are just food)
“it’s “brilliant”…the largely organic nature of her arsenal of instruments” (Norman Records)
“Fos” has played live on Resonance Fm, NTS Radio, performed live for the online dance music TV channel Boiler Room and at various festivals and venues across the UK including the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Katerina Koutouzi comes from Kalymnos, a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea. She spent her childhood years on the island and her teenage years in Athens. She studied Dance Theatre and Music Technology in London where she now lives and works while she is writing, performing and producing her own work.
“Captain Free” is released on 12” LP Vinyl and Digital Download.
May 3, 2017 10:20am ET by Vision Music Promotions