J. Kriste, or Master of Disguise is a Cypriot and his real name is Lefteris Moumtzis. He's a songwriter, composer, prefers to write in english, and he orchestrates for and performs with more than 15 musicians and applauders by his side. We can even name a few, Dimitris Baslam, Alkinoos Ioannides, Manolis Famellos, Stelios Romaliades (Luup), and others. So what does this all mean? What is it about? Why is there a man in a golden dress standing on stilts in the middle of a deserted seashore? This is all too weird, you say, and it gets even weirder when the first few verses kick in. 'Girls, Ghosts and Gods' can generally be described as an album built on folk, even folk-rock ballads with a touch of the blues. What we mean by 'folk' or 'folk rock', is the long-standing Anglo-saxon genre that started growing in the 60s with legendary bands and songwriters like Fairport Convention and Donovan, and survived through every other consecutive decade to successfully reach ours. But just to put things straight, this album is not overanxious to please the roots of this tradition by reliving them, rather it reconstructs its values in an entirely contemporary perspective, which is based on innovative, low-profile modifications. In one of the finest tracks of the album, "Duke (Great Ungiver)", Moumtzis strives for and succeeds in capturing the spaciness of today's north-european folk (not far from Lisa O Piu, just to give an example), while in tracks like 'Keeper of Joy' he reveals a unique quality in opening doors into crazy long backdrops of psychedelia. Generally speaking, the second half of the album stands on a higher level (despite the beauty of previous, mellower songs like 'Treesong'), with 'Prayer' and 'Godly Gift' extending and developing the vibe of this fairytale drama.
PHONTAS TROUSSAS (Jazz και Τζαζ)