Christos Fanaras: “Impermanence”
Initially there’s something ecclesiastical, even spiritual about Christos Fanaras‘ “Impermanence,” a track hewn from his most recent album of the same name. In timbre and tone the piece begins with minor key synth drones, a celestial atmosphere illustrated by the abundance of gold backdropping the Sufi-style dancing of the solitary dancer. What begins as a blissful, breezy synth-float erupts into a dirgy, monophonic distortion that eradicates any sense of innocence. The Peter Greenaway-stylings of the video, with it’s juxtaposition of excess with minimalism, the fripperies of alcohol-fueled socialising with the death of beauty, suggest the impermanence of morality that makes a mockery of the earlier spiritual tones. It’s incredibly cinematic, a 5 minute excursion soundtracked by Fanaras’ analogue synths: there’s any number of narratives that can be derived from it. Christos Fanaras is a Greek solo artist who’s previous work as Jack Shirt explored acoustic song-forms, but under his own name he has embarked on a project inflected with the outre leanings of early Tangerine Dream and the insular view of power electronics.
Written by Michael Kasparis