Kyri aka Kyri Pitrakkos has been writing original music for over fifteen years and back in 2004 he recorded Silent Patch EP. He recently released the album on Bandcamp and it displays a gifted lyricist and musician. The songs are rather sparse revolving around acoustic and vocals but you rarely feel like it needs more instruments.
Kyri also recorded, mixed and mastered the album himself. The results are good for a DIY effort but I thought the acoustic guitars were too rattle-y without enough warmth and the vocals could have been a bit more clear. That being said, these issues didn’t hold back some of the impressive songs on the EP.
He starts off strong with “Hey There.” It is loose, a bit bluesy and feels very mellow. Kyri sings in almost a whisper. Lines like, “Hey there boy, I've seen the screams of joy and pain and in between your smirk told me there's Ketamine. Hey there girl I’ll swim the steam to lust that leads into your dream or in between” are delivered with minimal effort but work within the context of the music. As the song progresses it gets layered with more guitar and vocals and becomes more intense in the process.
“Blood” was a highlight in which Kyri’s vocal performance is exceptional. His delivery is almost stoic but I thought the general way he sounded was aesthetically pleasing. On top of that the lyrics are top notch. He blends allegory with a Kane and Able reference while painting a rather bleak story.
“Wish” is a seven-plus-minute track that blends orchestral strings, his guitar and vocals. His guitar was too upfront in the mix and would have benefited from reverb. I also thought his vocal was buried. Despite some aesthetic issues the song is well performed and written.
Not every song works on Silent Patch EP but I thought Kyri had an original, off-kilter style that was enjoyable. Hopefully, he is working on some new material so we can hear how he sounds ten years later.
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