Mora

by Reverse Mode

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Reverse Mode is a four piece band from Berlin. Their music combines classical elements, free improvisation and electronics, while drawing inspiration from the Greek musical tradition. The result of this cultural interplay is a sonic journey through original compositions that manifest big emotions and explore worlds that lie beyond our everyday experience of reality.

Their first album, “Mora”, is inspired by the Night Hag, the fantasy creature from the folklore of many various cultures that is often used to explain the phenomenon of sleep paralysis. The Night Hag, also known as Mora, is said to appear as a demonic figure in the form of an old woman who is trying to steal the speech of the sleeper, often causing asphyxiation and mental paralysis. Taking this idea a bit further, "Mora" looks into the ways that one confronts their fears - do they remain paralysed and static or do they find a way to fight and conquer their fears?

“Mora" was recorded in Berlin, at Studio Erde and is the band’s first full length album. It consists of 7 songs, four of which are traditional Greek songs revisited in a respectful but innovative manner, while the remaining three are original compositions by the band.

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released December 16, 2017

Maria Koltsida | voice, piano
Penelope Gkika | violin
Adam Goodwin | double bass
Giorgos Stavridis | drums, objects

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tobias Nöthen in Studio Erde, Frank Zappa Straße, Berlin
Cover Photo by Aëla Labbé
Produced by Reverse Mode

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Reverse Mode is a four piece band from Berlin. Their music combines classical elements, free improvisation and electronics, while drawing inspiration from the Greek musical tradition. The result of this cultural interplay is a sonic journey through original compositions that manifest big emotions and explore worlds that lie beyond our everyday experience of reality. ... more

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Track Name: Ntourou Ntourou
When I was young, some people came and burned my village down
I left and found a city, new and crowded, big and loud
Ntourou, ntourou was the city’s sound
So many people, so much noise.  What is this all about?
Ah, ntourou, ntourou, it rings in the new country
The young girls sing it to pass the time
Ah, sing! Sing! This ntourou makes me dizzy
Yet the girls embrace it without a thought
This ntourou that the people found, it seduced them
They followed the fashion. The girls bobbed their hair!
Oh, Mothers, give them a generous dowry
Or your daughters must sit on the shelf.
Track Name: Tilting Branches
My branches tilted
on the earth and withered

And all the birds
flew far, far away

All the branches dried out
nowhere to build my nest

The remedies are used up
nothing left with which to cure my heart

my love
Track Name: Vienoula
There was one day long ago,
a young girl named Vienoula,
who claimed she wasn’t afraid of Death. 
When Death heard this he became enraged.
He turned into a black swallow
and sang her a song: the song of death. 
The doctors were trying to save her and her mother too.
“You are dying my daughter, what is your last wish?”
“Mother, farewell, please dress me as a bride. 
My love is coming back and I will not be alive. 
Please, when he comes, don’t tell him right away
but give him food to dine.
Then, take the ring from my finger
and give it to him as a gift. 
A gift to love another.
For I am getting married,
I am taking Death as my husband.”
………………………………
Track Name: A Minor from Smyrna
If you love me, and it’s a dream, better never to wake. 
In this sweet dawn, my God, may I die. 
Track Name: Lullaby
In the far away land of dreams
don’t be afraid, alone again to be.
In the far away land of dreams
may you see your most beautiful grace.
Track Name: Mora
“Mora” is inspired by the Night Hag, the fantasy creature from the folklore of many various cultures that is often used to portray the phenomenon of sleep paralysis. She is said to appear as a demonic figure in the form of an old woman who is trying to steal the speech of the sleeper, often causing asphyxiation and mental paralysis.

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