Seductive and cinematic soundscapes between ambient, drone and indie-neoclassical music: these are the best words to describe Hior Chronik’s style.
A style that captures ears and soul, bringing you into an imaginary world, arousing emotions, making the mind wander to distant places. This is the goal of the Greek musician, now living half of the year in Athens and the other half in Berlin. You can hear it in his new record "Out Of The Dust", produced by himself, mixed by John Vallasis and mastered by Francesco Donadello at Calyx Studio, Berlin. “I tried to combine ambient and drone sounds with strings and piano following a harmonic direction", Hior explains. “I wanted to make a soundtrack for a movie that was never shot”. The mood is melancholic, but not only that: “There’s a dark side, but I made it run parallel with bright soft melodies”, Hior continues. And on the topic of his music influences: “It's hard to specify what exactly they were, but I think I’m close to Max Richter and in some ways to Arvo Part. Besides that, true inspiration comes from my life experiences, even the small little things: books, films, people I meet, travels. And being close to nature: I would say that’s the base of everything”. Born in 1974, Hior Chronik,whose real name is George Papadopoulos, fell in love with music very soon. “I was this little kid with his own notebook writing down all the music he was hearing on the radio, mostly classical and jazz”, he tells. “Later on, as a teenager, I started working for the JazzFm radio station in Athens and being closer to great producers helped me learn more about that art I loved so much. Although at that time I didn't have any interest in being a musician or trying something by my own. I was pessimistic”. But passion won: while studying Art Conservation and Architecture and attending seminars about photography, Hior started to experiment with music on his own: "It was a process to discover my hidden charisma”, he reveals. So, after three solo records and two in collaboration with Arovane, Hior Chronik is now ready to launch his new work “Out of The Dust”. “The title is a political quote about how we can fight against the crisis, but also against the existential anguish of surviving. A movement of no fear and the beginning of a new life”, he explains. On how he developed the songs, he says: “I recorded piano, trumpet and strings and then I used effects as I always do for the ambient and drone sounds”. There’s a track on the album that is particularly significant, “Remember": it divides the record in two, with its more open and spacious melody and atmosphere. “It’s one of my favourites” – Hior tells – “because the first part of the record sounds very dark and sad, till the second part comes and changes the whole atmosphere. It’s like a tunnel that I see the light coming closer to me”. “Out Of The Dust” shows a personal and unique style that brings Hior Chronik’s music to a wider audience. His sound is able to embrace at the same time the delicate piano themes and the dark ambient/drone tones, while at the same time searching for new territories to explore in the neo-classical scene.