I was reading a review about Thomas Bainas’ album "Passion and Desire" and the writer called it "Greetalo" (a combination of Greek and Italo), I disagree with this description. Though “Passion and Desire” contains elements of Italo disco and traditional Greek music, the album is far more than just that. “Passion and Desire” is filled with lush electronic soundscapes, sweeping instrumentations, infectious dance rhythms and a varied mix of other musical styles and influences. Thomas Bainas' work evokes comparisons to the works of others such as Cerrone, Duran Duran, Sarah Brightman, and Georgio Moroder.
"Passion and Desire" is aptly titled as it evokes both those emotions. It arouses a passion for the music and the desire to hear more. The Greek Gods of legend are notoriously renowned for their passions and desires. Thomas Bainas comes across like a product of those passions. When you listen to the songs of “Passion and Desire” it will become clear that Bainas is without a doubt the master of musical romance. He adroitly mixes music and romance so well it's as if he were the offspring of a union between Aphrodite (Goddess of love) and Apollo (God of music), and just like the Greek poet and musician Orpheus, Bainas also charms with his music.
Just as Greece did eons ago, Rome also influenced the ancient world. Rome's Italo disco influence is felt in Bainas’ tracks "Blue Eyes," "The Passion," and "Angel Of My Heart." "Blue Eyes" with its sexy romantic vocals, contains thick keyboards rhythms, yet it is very human and very organic. “The Passion" and "Angel Of My Heart" both contain sexy romantic vocals cloaked in mesmerizing electronics and a thumping drum machine.
“Passion and Desire” contains several exciting instrumental tracks. There is the Georgio Moroder like "The Journey and the Return", "Andromeda" which sounds like a soundtrack to a special effect laden sci-fi film, "Sonata" an electronic onslaught with an oh so engaging throbbing bassline, the soothing and hypnotic "Waterfalls," "Dark Desire" in which the keyboards tinkle like rain drops into the vast ocean, "Muse From Pierian Mountains" comes across like the soundtrack of an earthy action/adventure movie yet it's danceable in a musical theatre sense, the soothing non-danceable and atmospheric "Ocean Blue," "Atlantis" which has a classical new age feel complete with a Sarah Brightman sounding singing siren, and "Perasa ki Eixes Mallia" another non dance track with male female Greek vocals, accompanied simply by a guitar and a piano, it's exquisite.
Sexy and seductive are the sounds of “Passion and Desire;” it’s a combination of electronica, synth pop, Italo, new age, instrumentals, and traditional Greek music with non-electronic instrumentation. It is hypnotic engaging organic accessible and versatile, painting ethereal soundscapes that are at times ambient, otherworldly and even a bit dark wave. Filled with musical arrangements so haunting and infectious once you get the excellent grooves of “Passion and Desire” into your head there will be no getting them out.
© 2013 Rix Roundtree-Harrison
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