Sakis Gouzonis, whose extraordinary body of work has pioneered contemporary instrumental music, recently released his ninth studio album titled ‘Liberating Truth’. So far, Sakis Gouzonis has won a total of 10 international music awards and distinctions, and has gained more than 660,000 fans and friends in 220 countries and territories. He is the first, and currently only Greek independent artist to have reached that level of recognition and success.
It’s not very often that the music gets so adventurous, epic and yet fun that it actually substitutes the experience of watching a movie. Why do I mention movie? The music that Sakis Gouzonis makes creates images for me and makes me feel all the emotions of a cinematic storyline. And just like an epic, adventurous film Gouzonis’ ‘score’ lives and breathes and doesn’t let go for one second; it’s energizing and infectious.
His music shows life and shows what a composer can do when he goes completely into the music. You feel a bit of his soul in every piece of music. The notes were nothing before he came and just gave them life. Every second of these compositions has meaning and, more importantly, every second makes you feel something. You will go through a whole range of emotions because of these arrangements and this is what music should be about.
The most common sensation throughout these electronically orchestrated instrumentals is one of being uplifted. Track after track, everything sounds joyous and heartwarmingly exuberant. The song titles themselves allude to all the positivity that Sakis Gouzonis has put into the music – “A Breath Of Life”, “To Be United”, “A Land Of Peace And Happiness”, Time To Celebrate” and “Love One Another”, are all clear evidence of the messages of ‘Liberating Truth’ that Sakis endeavors to communicate through his sound and melodies.
It’s also a recording that expertly demonstrates Sakis’ capacity for creativity. In truth, the music here is much more interesting and entertaining than some of his previous efforts – the soundscapes are more appealing and inviting, the themes more memorable, the music a more effective complement to the visual imagery which is allowed to build in your mind.
For me, ‘Liberating Truth’ is unquestionably Sakis Gouzonis finest set of instrumental compositions. The music is more in-keeping with Sakis’ refined and positive side, and is possessed by an expansive, grandiose quality. He reaches towards shimmering and rapturous heights with his keyboard tones, while the rhythms gallop along with enchanting splendor.
There is also some truly sumptuous writing for strings and the brass sounds too. I usually hate these kinds of statements, because they’re so subjective and dismissive towards other people, but for real though: if something doesn’t stir inside you when you’re listening to this, you might well be dead inside!
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