Orphic club music
Posted by Erik on November 30, 2009
As I was poking around looking for an archive of the (now apparently lost) GeoCities page with Athanassakis’ translation of the Orphic Hymns, I came across the site of a Greek band called Eleusis (they’re also on Myspace) – whose album, Tales of the Holy, is mostly settings of snippets of various Orphic hymns! (On the first site, click on the “Inspiration” icon – the horned altar – and you can see the lyrics in English, French or Greek.)
There are samples at both links… so far I really like what I’ve heard. Their site says the music is a blend of Greek, West African and Indian influences, and they definitely have a good groove. Here’s a bit of what they say about the album:
The journey starts with an invocation to Mnemosyne … and continues with the “secret marriage” of Persephone to Hades and the rage of Demeter … once reunited with Persephone, Demeter finally bestows wealth and prosperity upon all mankind … The myth then takes us through the state of dreams … and finally leads us to the birth of Apollo … The album concludes with a hymn to Pallas Athena … for life would be incomplete without ‘sophia’.