(full interview via FLAUNT)
To best understand Ioanna Gika and the world that she has created, it is best to shatter all that you know to be reality and toss on a druid robe as you embark on a personal journey of monastic sorcery. There is something witchy and transformative about her music which has been easily captivating to new audiences. The music bares something traditional while bridging into soft techno undertones that has created such a strong narrative for those who balance the moods of raving and meditating.
Her album Thalassa, released earlier this year, is an amalgamation of the conflicting feelings she had experienced while going through a break up as well as coping with familial sorrows. Taking refuge in Greece to write the album, the musician took to her Greek mother-tongue as well as English to construct her poems which were amplified through her vocals which evoke spirits of sirens songs. Hey lyrics have even been quoted by Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy in her best-selling book The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness. These unified layers of complexities pared with previous collaborations with electronic maven and Grammy nominated TOKiMONSTA can be heard throughout as the album slips and slides through the varying emotional extremities.
Having recently come back from a spring tour opening for Garbage, we managed to slip in words with Gika ahead of her recent announcement of a fall tour with Chelsea Wolfe....