Athenian dark-pop crooner Johnny Labelle has released a new music video for his song “Poseidonia”. Directed by Daphné Hérétakis, Sasha Streshna and Johnny Labelle himself, the visuals feature the singer performing the track amidst psychedelic effects, giving the video a retro feel. Lovely vibes in that darkness of tones.
In addition to the “Poseidonia” clip, Johnny Labelle has released a brand new album XVIII via Inner Ear Records. The release comes a year after his debut LP “Cold Fruit”.
The LP consists of 9 tracks that vary from dark, ambient, electronic sounds to dirge-like crooner ballads that instead of saloons are meant to be performed in eerie half-lit empty lobbies of big tech companies during the final collapse of the world.
A year after the release of his debut LP Cold Fruit, Johnny Labelle returns with XVIII.
In his sophomore album, the Athenian singer-songwriter dives into the world of a forgotten dream in search of lost meanings and forms. With the 9 tracks of the album he brings back to the surface what was salvaged from oblivion along with its resignified interpretations.
The tracks, originally recorded as demos in mid-2019, were completed together with producer Vasilis Dokakis in 2020. The result of this collaboration is an alloy of electronic pop and ambient with dark elements, based on lethargic synthesizers, cinematic strings and Labelle’s baritone crooning vocals that give a familiar and at the same time uncanny sense of pop standards of a previous century.
[December 4th 2020]
experimental electronic, atmospheric, dark pop
Base: Athens, Greece
Label / Booking / Press:
Inner Ear Records
Johnny Labelle is an experimental pop artist and producer born and based in Athens, Greece. His debut LP Cold Fruit released independently in 2019 and co-produced with filmmaker Aaron Khandros, featured cross-disciplines collaborations – Berlin-based pop artist Magic Island, poet Rae Armantrout, filmmakers Martha Colburn, Zachary Epcar, and Karissa Hahn to name a few. Over the past two years he has shared the bill with Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Magic Island and Discovery Zone and has performed in Greece and Europe.
“Labelle’s croon is reminiscent of Scott Walker with the song’s vibe recalling that of some old Lee Hazlewood songs. The way both of those artists seem to come to us from a long time ago and probably seemed so then. A certain timelessness and the channeling of the hyper reality of a lucid dream.” – Queencitysoundsandart