tempobet yeni adresi
like this interview
07/06/2016 : CRESTFALLEN - Poetry is gestation, music is birth 07/06/2016 : CRESTFALLEN - Poetry is gestation, music is birth

CRESTFALLEN

Poetry is gestation, music is birth


07/06/2016, Stef COLDHEART


I recently discovered the Greek project Crestfallen, which is one of the best artistic surprises I’ve heard in months. Driven by the creative spirit of Alexander Zafiropoulos, it took 8 years to accomplish the debut album Chamber Works. This work reveals an intimate and sensitive production inspired by chamber music. This album definitely deserves your attention!

Can you briefly introduce us to Crestfallen and how and when did you come to set up your project?
Alexander: Crestfallen is a solitary, quixotic pursuit; a form of self-therapy and a means of expression. I write, compose, arrange and produce everything myself. It is an exercise that developed on its own through necessity.
Musical dabblings and experimentations aside, the archives of my works (those that could fit in the concept of Crestfallen) go as back as 2005, with the name itself being used five years longer as a pen name for my writings.

The album Chamber Works clearly reveals a fascination and love for acoustic instruments and chamber music. Where does this fascination come from and how did you transpose it into music?
Alexander: My work on this album is more akin to that of an architect – there is no spontaneity, frivolity, or spur-of-the-moment improvisation in these songs. Each composition is very carefully structured, balanced and delivered, both lyrically and musically. I love the quietude in music; the intimacy of a chamber orchestra; the soothing quality and charged atmosphere of enclosed, inhabited spaces that is best exemplified in one’s sleep chamber. I used these elements to illustrate my own sleep chamber as a cabinet of curios, in the hope that listeners will grow mellow by the lush music – mellow enough to pay attention to the lyrics.

It seems that it took you 8 (!) years to write and record this opus. Tell us a bit more about the writing and global production (and guest musicians) of Chamber Works?
Alexander: All the instruments on the record were played by session musicians (except the samples). The choir parts are performed by a ten-piece mixed vocal ensemble. I deliver the vocal parts myself. It took me two years to write the poetry and six more to complete the music of Chamber Works. The production commenced and continued in the same vein, stretching over a period of eight months. The hardest part was to keep at bay the ghosts telling me that it is folly.

Poetry is another important aspect of your work, so what do we have to know about the link between your sound and the inspiration of poetry?
Alexander: Whilst writing, it is the poetry that comes first. It is a tedious affair, walking slowly and deliberately, disregarding (but still, archiving) anything that strays from my current conceptualized body of work. The right orchestration, arrangement and overall atmosphere simply present themselves, almost fully formed, once the words are there. I need the music to voice the words, otherwise they are dead in me. Poetry is gestation, music is birth.

What are your further plans regarding live performances and new compositions?
Alexander: I am currently working on bringing Chamber Works to the stage in a way that does not require the use of an orchestra. I am keeping the bones, the heart and the hairdo.

Stef COLDHEART
07/06/2016


Music reviews

31
03
POUPPEE FABRIKK
Armèn
29
03
CHRISTIAN WOLZ
La Fore
28
03
JIMMY SWEENEY
Without You
27
03
FEU FOLLET
Le champ des morts
18
03
MANNEQUIN
From a distance
16
03
OCTOLAB
Mystery Park

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

04
04
14 years ago, Nine Inch Nails released ‘Every Day Is Exactly the Same’.
03
04
On this day, 18 years ago, Frank Tovey / Fad Gadget died at the age of 45.
02
04
41 years of Replicas, unleashed by Gary Numan's Tubeway Army!
01
04
On this day, 23 years ago, Rammstein released Engel!
01
04
On this day, 31 years ago, Front Line Assembly released Gashed Senses & Crossfire!
31
03
Red Zebra releases new single!

Concert reviews

31
12
EUFORIC EXISTENCE, ZYNIK 14, WULF7, DELERITAS, CAUSENATION
EBM is still alive (part 1) - Club 52, Eernegem
25
11
SUPER DRAGON PUNCH !! + AMBASSADOR 21 + SUICIDE COMMANDO
MAGASIN 4, NOV 8TH 2019, BRUSSELS (BELGIUM)
21
08
LES NEGRESSES VERTES
Live @ Moods Festival, Brugge - Belgium - 2.08.2019
07
08
DIARY OF DREAMS, STAR INDUSTRY, YOUR LIFE ON HOLD, A SLICE OF LIFE, LA SCALTRA
Summer event - za 3 augustus, Schoten
06
08
DE DELVERS, STAATSEINDE
Genste Feesten, Kinky Star , 28 juli 2019
14
07
MIDNIGHT OIL
MIDNIGHT OIL Live @ Rock Zottegem - Belgium - 05.07.2019

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

30
03
JOE BOYD
Producer of Pink Floyd, Nick Drake, Nico, R.E.M, talks about the years of experience and his coming book.
29
03
AMBER TEASER
We Also Like Putting Some Strange Elements In Pop Music
19
03
DYLAN WITTROCK
'Sometimes I just write characters’ thoughts, like journal entries.'
17
03
PREEMPTIVE STRIKE 0.1
‘I Love The Belgian Scene’
14
03
COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER
‘The Dreams Of Capitalism Are Being Revealed As Smoke And Mirrors...

PHOTOS

13
03
SIGLO XX
Porta Nigra Aarschot
13
03
ROME
Porta Nigra Aarschot
13
03
THE ROSE OF AVALANCHE
Porta Nigra Aarschot
13
03
THE DANSE SOCIETY
Porta Nigra Aarschot
13
03
THE ARCH
Porta Nigra Aarschot
11
03
FRONT 242
Pulse Namur Isnes
11
03
SHAARGHOT
Pulse Namur Isnes

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

Articles

26
04
JOBRIATH
Talent To Burn - The Legend Of Jobriath
29
03
VARIOUS ARTISTS
A BRIEF HISTORY OF: THE SPECIALS, SKA AND TWO TONE
27
03
VARIOUS ARTISTS
A BRIEF HISTORY OF: KRAUTROCK AND THE GERMAN MUSICAL REVOLUTION

VIDEO CLIPS

04
04
UNKNOWN LAND
CATHEDRAL
03
04
GOLDFRAPP
Strict Machine (Live at Glastonbury) [2017]
02
04
DIE KRUPPS
Chinese Black Die Krupps feat. Jyrki69 (Official Music Video)
02
04
DIESEIN
You
01
04
ILLUMININE
Dear, Eulogy (Live at Sundlaugin Studio)
31
03
DIVE
Underneath
30
03
NEAR EARTH ORBIT
INTERSTELLAR