Roots Revisited (2016)

by Valkania

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The album Roots Revisited contains six songs from the album Roots, released by Valkania in 2013.

The ‘revisiting’ part is about updating the songs to the way that we sound in the last year or so.
There are several major changes in these new versions:
• the inclusion of Rob Stutterheim on piano or accordion
• replacing Andy Dewar’s percussion tracks with drums
• replacing the bouzouki with electric guitar in some songs
• re-singing some of the songs

The various instruments were recorded in three different locations, The Cabin Studio as well as Andy’s and Viktor’s home studios, during 2015-16.

Viktor Mastoridis: vocals, guitar, bouzouki
Andy Dewar: drums, production
Rob Stutterhewim: piano/accordion
Nikolay Angarev: bass
Nikolay Baldaranov: guitar

The story
This EP was not strictly planned as such.
In a gig in Rich Mix, London, during early 2015, the promoter who organised it, Sebastian Merrick, introduced us as “Valkania, the rock band who likes sitting”.
And this was very true. Our true leaning is towards Rock’n’Roll music with Balkan elements, not the other way round.
In the period that followed, we introduced several new electric guitar based songs, started to stand up instead of sitting and re-introduced some of our old songs in new, more rocky arrangements..
Eventually, in June 2015 Rob Stutterheim, one of the founding members of Valkania, re-joined the band again and brought back the jazzy side of music with him.
We were ready to record our first promo video.
The recording was organised for February 2016 and we thought that it would be nice to have Rob’s performance in it. The idea was to simply patch some of Rob’s piano playing on the current album recordings.
But then Andy decided to take away the percussion parts and replace them completely with drums.
We really needed to express the new dimension of Valkania’s playing, so eventually Viktor re-sung some of the songs and recorded some electric guitars.

Thus, this short album or EP (Extended Play) is like a snapshot of Valkania’s current sound and the ever deeper exploration of the connections between Balkan and Blues, Jazz and Rock music.
Hope you will enjoy it!


released August 1, 2016


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Viktor Mastoridis - Melodist London, UK

Viktor is a composer of music ranging from Rock and Hip-hop in ex-Yugoslavia to Greek & Balkan Neo-Folk and Blues Fusion in London, UK.
He sings and plays the guitar, bouzouki, bass, baglamas and tambura; including drum machine and midi sequencing.
Influenced by Peter Green, Santana, Clapton, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple to Dalaras, Tsitsanis, Nikola Badev, Smak & Yu Grupa
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Track Name: Balkan People
Živimo u svetu znamo etiketu,
Ljudi iz Balkana, čudna smo mi strana
Jer kad pesma dira i gitara bira
Naše srce peva raduje i sneva
Zasvirajmo, zapevajmo,
Zaigrajmo, nazdravimo
Jer kad naše prođe pesme će nas pamtiti,
Šaptat' će o nama ljudima iz Balkana
Srce nam široko, žene dar za oko
Kad nam tuga dođe, pevamo da prođe
Rasuti po svetu ptice smo u letu
Ljudi iz Balkana, Sevdah i kafana

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Живимо у свету знамо етикету,
Људи из Балкана, чудна смо ми страна
Јер кад песма дира и гитара бира
Наше срце пева радује и снева

Засвирајмо, запевајмо,
Заиграјмо, наздравимо
Јер кад наше прође песме ће нас памтити,
Шаптат' ће о нама људима из Балкана
Срце нам широко, жене дар за око
Кад нам туга дође, певамо да прође
Расути по свету птице смо у лету
Људи из Балкана, Севдах и кафана
Track Name: Frozen Souls
Koga te vikam, zasipnuvam
Koga sum tažen, te naoǵam
Koga te nema, jas taguvam
Koga si tuka, se raduvam
Čekam onoj den da osamne
Noḱta veḱe da ne demne
Sonce povtorno da ogree
Duši smrznati da zgree
Koga te slušam, osoznavam
Koga sum zbunet, potkleknuvam
Koga sum slab me zakrepnuvaš
Koga sum mračen - osvetluvaš

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Кога те викам, засипнувам
Кога сум тажен, те наоѓам
Кога те нема, јас тагувам
Кога си тука, се радувам
Чекам оној ден да осамне
Ноќта веќе да не демне
Сонце повторно да огрее
Души смрзнати да згрее
Кога те слушам, осознавам
Кога сум збунет, потклекнувам
Кога сум слаб ме закрепнуваш
Кога сум мрачен - осветлуваш
Track Name: Drop By Drop
Kapka po kapka, dazhdat mi govori.
V nego se vslushvam, na nego se molya.
Kapka po kapka, da se raztvorya
V dazhda se nadyavam, az vav poroya.
Kapka po kapka, dazhdat mi govori,
Po stakloto se sticha, a umora
V otrazhenie ot kapkata tiho zaspiva,
nasan vseki pat uspokoeno zhiva.
Dazhdat dalechen, vav buryata stranno
zayavyava prinadlezhnost moya,
Predi i sam bila ili sled kato sam,
Dazhdat shte me milva, zaklyuchen v gram.

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Капка по капка, дъждът ми говори.
В него се вслушвам, на него се моля.
Капка по капка, да се разтворя
В дъжда се надявам, аз във пороя.
Капка по капка, дъждът ми говори,
По стъклото се стича, а умора
В отражение от капката тихо заспива,
насън всеки път успокоено жива.
Дъждът е далечен, а във бурята странно
заявява принадлежност моя,
Преди и съм била или след като съм,
Дъждът ще ме милва, заключен в гръм.
Track Name: Let's Stick Together
And now the marriage vow is very sacred
The man has put us together now
You ought to make it stick together
Come on, come on, let's stick together
You know we made a vow not to leave one another never

But now you never miss your water 'til your well runs dry
Come on now baby give our love a try
Let's stick together, c'mon c'mon let's stick together
You know we made a vow not to leave one another never

Well if you're stuck for a while consider our child
How can it be happy without its ma and pappy
Lets stick together, c'mon c'mon lets stick together
You know we made a vow not to leave one another never

Now if you're stuck for a while consider our child
How can it be happy without its ma and pa
Lets stick together, c'mon c'mon lets stick together
You know we made a vow not to leave one another never
Track Name: Paint It Black
I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors anymore I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes
I see a line of cars and they're all painted black
With flowers and my love both never to come back
I see people turn their heads and quickly look away
Like a new born baby it just happens ev'ry day
I look inside myself and see my heart is black
I see my red door and it has been painted black
Maybe then I'll fade away and not have to face the facts
It's not easy facin' up when your whole world is black
No more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue
I could not foresee this thing happening to you
If I look hard enough into the settin' sun
My love will laugh with me before the mornin' comes
Track Name: We Live The Life
A table with food and drinks and cheer tonight
A song to sing and fill our hearts with light
Come and join us too
We'd love to sing with you
The whole night through

We live the life, we love the life
We love the people that are dreaming tonight
We celebrate the good things coming
1. Fill up your glass and spill your heart
2. Fill up your heart and spill your glass

Look at faces, see the sparkle in the eye
Good vibrations flowing in the air tonight
It's lovely to be here
With you my friends so dear
To share the night