Exposé Online banner

Lüüp — Distress Signal Code
(Musea FGBG 4764, 2008, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2011-06-01

Distress Signal Code Cover art

I did not know what to expect from this release. The cover is a photo of a Chaplinesque clown balancing on a stack of chairs. But the music is anything but comical. What we have is a collection of nine beautiful and delicate songs and instrumentals constructed around Greek flautist Stelios Romaliadis’ looped and multi-tracked Frippertronic-type playing. There is even some sense of Bill Nelson in Stelios’ use of recorded sound bites from British lectures on science and philosophy. On vocals, the hauntingly beautiful voices of Swedish folksinger Lisa Isaksson or fellow Greek Akis Boyatzis accompany Stelios and his flute. On the instrumentals, Stelios plays with Van der Graaf Generator’s David Jackson on sax and Nikos Fokas on occasional Mellotron. Magnitophono is also credited, but it must be for the electronic multi-layering. In contrast to the other songs, title track is distressing and dissonant with an Urban Sax vibe near the end. While Distress Signal Code is Stelios’ vision, the real emotion comes through his contributors like David Jackson, as without these added elements, the looped flute will eventually bore you. I am not at all sure how you would go about classifying this music. In some ways it is an ambient soundscape, but then there the vocals that take you in an entirely different direction. Overall, this collection of songs works quite well and is worthy of you to take the time to discover this artist.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 39, 2008 releases

Related artist(s): David Jackson, Lüüp

Latest news

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the ago of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Love Spirals Downwards - Flux – Featured at last year's Projekt Fest in Chicago, the fifth release for this duo also happens to be this writer's introduction to them. Their music could be characterized as ambient electronic pop with...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues