Happy Release Day Xylouris White

Today at Bella Union we are celebrating the release of Xylouris white’s third album MotherAs Xylouris puts it, “Mother is the extension of Goats and Black Peak. Three things, all part of a whole. Goats are mothers, Zeus was raised on Amaltheia’s milk, Black Peak is Mother Earth… Mother Earth is the mother of everything.”

Across Mother’s nine tracks, Xylouris White nurture fecund growths from the spaces between their instruments. Sometimes the songs drive with an invigorating urgency; sometimes they brood, plead, yearn and lull. The duo seem to discover each other anew at every turn, teasing the songs out from their fluid chemistry with the kind of virtuosity that knows when to listen, accommodate and learn afresh. “A theme of the album is the significance of simplicity and a child-like approach,” Xylouris explains. “So, we connect mother and child and play instruments as toys. Xylouris White is still gestating.”

The duo recently released the bonkers video for the albums lead single “Only Love”. Watch below…

Critical acclaim for Mother:

“With their third album in four years, esteemed Cretan lutist George Xylouris and Dirty Three drummer Jim White continue to evolve their arresting marriage between gnarly tradition and free–flowing adventure.” Uncut – 8/10

“Throughout, Xylouris’s cascading runs and impressionistic shimmer are underpinned by plucked or strummed rhythms… White pushes the momentum by seamlessly blending martial rhythms and angular off–beat pattering… An intoxicating fusion.” MOJO – 4 Stars ****

“Exhilarating… Their two earlier albums were remarkable for their blend of improvisation and energy, and the new set proves they are capable of treating elegant, thoughtful songs with an equal spirit of adventure. The Guardian – 4 Stars ****

“The duo can be more quietly meditative – the charred incantation of Lullaby, for example – but this is a record of stormy intensity, hauling its emotions up to the mountainside to expose them to the elements.” Q

From the gorgeous Only Love to sumptuous close Lullaby via the mighty drones of Achilles Heel, Mother is resplendent, displaying a truly nurturing nature. The Mirror – 4 Stars ****

“Xylouris and White seem to have decided to take advantage of all available resources, adding stylistic, instrumental and emotional variety without sacrificing the looseness of their early work.” The WIRE