Pavlos Pavlidis (Παύλος Παυλίδης) was one of my heroes during the 90’s, when I lived in Thessaloniki as a teenager. The main member and singer of the group Ksylina Spathia in those days, over the last decade he continued to write music accompanied by the B-Movies band. We met him once at the launch of beehype.
His new fifth album, “Ston Diplano Ourano”, is a suite of lovely tunes, recorded between Athens and Thessaloniki. 11 songs unfold in simplicity, sharing some of the same qualities – familiar warmth of Pavlidis’ melodies and his incurable sentimentalism – that are difficult to resist.
“I just want to tell you, let’s go for a walk to the sea,” he signs softly. His honest Greek lyrics about daily life and dreams we all – more or less – have, is a vivid outcome of a romantic poet who refuses to bow in the cynicism of our days.
His handful, mostly acoustic songs are produced by the critically acclaimed Greek producer Coti K, without any fancy elements, and they are unfailingly wonderful again.