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"Dalot Loop Over Latitudes"

I reviewed Dalot’s (Maria Papadomanolaki) previous release for coo records at random5 and though flight sessions could be described as a collection of exercises in different styles (of the post rock, electronica idiom) this year’s loop over latitudes for n5md sounds cohesive. Even though 3 tracks of flight reappear in this release in a different context, loop meanders more fluidly and atmospherically. Guitars soaked in reverb are more present in the tracks and there is also a live approach to the recording process. Layers over layers of sounds wash in and out, emerge and sink revealing all the time different details under/in-between the structural patterns of the tracks. Rhythmic aspects exist mostly in the beginning of the album (solitary vacant, above the rooftops, story of a city) giving way to dreamy soundscapes (view from a hill, the excellent when) and as the album evolves it becomes better and better, more substantial and to the point of Maria’s sonic identity. If I should choose a track or two that could probably summarize Dalot’s new approach these would be the Fennesz-like (Venice era) when and story of a city which is the most structurally oriented of all.

Loop over latitudes is one of the best things I’ve listened to lately, Dalot is no-more just promising, the promise is actually here. [fervent] - Random

"Dalot Loop Over Latitudes"

If Loop Over Latitudes at times sounds similar to Maria Papadomanolaki's previous Dalot recording, the EP Flight Sessions, that's probably because three of the latter's tracks re-appear on the new release. That detail notwithstanding, the Grecian-born musician's debut outing for n5MD sounds very much like a significant artistic advance on its predecessor. Whereas the EP impressed as a strong effort, Loop Over Latitudes registers as a more refined and mature collection. Papadomanolaki brings an assured hand to the album's eight settings, whether they're electro-acoustic sound collages or beat-based experiments. Working with field recordings (sirens, bird chirps), voice, guitar, glockenspiel, tablas, and electronic elements, she creates multi-layered set-pieces that often change character multiple times during a single track; note, for example, the manner by which “Story of a City” morphs from a blurry drone into a tumultuous beehive swarm of guitars, beats, strings, and, at track's end, tablas. “Time to Be (Out of Time)” likewise begins placidly with the twang of electric guitar shadings but eventually grows into a towering slab of epic electronica powered by lashing beats. Even the brooding opener, “Solitary, Vacant,” sheds its downtrodden character by offsetting grainy washes and swirls with the delicate pluck of an acoustic guitar and angelic vocal swells. The Dalot sound also evades easy capture: whereas some tracks contain moments of pristine purity reminiscent of a Stars of the Lid piece (“Infinite Window”) and some rise to a level of aggression one more associates with noise artists (“View From a Hill”), others roar with the ghostly, widescreen intensity of shoegaze (“When”). Genre-defying Loop Over Latitudes may be, but it's also compelling enough to hold one's attention for the bulk of its forty-five-minute run.

October 2010

- Textura

"Dalot Loop Over Latitudes (Review in Japanese)"

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"Dalot Loop Over Latitudes (Review in French)"

Attaché aux artistes qu’il suit depuis quelque temps (on a récemment évoqué les derniers travaux de Lights Out Asia ou Proem), n5MD est également constamment en quête de nouvelles signatures. Si celles-ci sont sélectionnées parmi un vivier d’artistes opérant toujours un peu dans le même genre (post-rock avec quelques relents shoegazing ou électroniques), l’ensemble s’avère généralement de qualité. Nouvel exemple avec ce premier album de Dalot, projet de Maria Papadomanolaki qui n’avait pour l’instant sorti qu’un EP l’an passé sur le label Coo Records.

Au début de Loop Over Altitudes, et fort notamment du titre du long-format, on s’attend plutôt à un disque ambient avec des nappes complexes desquelles ne perce qu’une simple guitare acoustique et quelques vocalises (Solitary, Vacant). Mais, bien vite, d’autres éléments sont intégrés, des petits tapotements rythmiques d’Above The Rooftops aux samples de sons urbains (cloches d’églises, klaxons, sirènes) de Rewind. De même, la guitare se fait plus présente, dans une veine d’abord mélancolique très classique mais assez prenante puis, dans le même morceau, elle se pare d’atours plus saturés quand des rythmiques font leur entrée pour un final moins convenu (Time To Be (Out Of Time). Avec un schéma assez identique, View From A Hill se fait un peu moins probant car présentant une rupture moins marquée en son sein.

À mesure que se déroule le disque, les différentes facettes du talent de la Grecque se font ainsi jour, elle qui peut aussi œuvrer à l’aide de textures triturées et torturées (When et le très riche Story Of A City), afin de composer un album dense et varié, symbole d’une belle révélation.
François Bousquet
le 15/11/2010

- etherreal

"Dalot Loop Over Latitudes"

I first encountered Dalot on her Flight Sessions EP. The Greek born, now Brighton based composer painted a studied, almost collegial soundscape. I earmarked her as a musician of real character and one to watch out for, so I was delighted to see a long player arrive.

No great departure (no pun intended) from Flight Sessions on Loop Over Latitudes. Indeed a handful of tracks here are the same. Maria Papadomanolaki considers herself a composer of sound rather than musician. I understand the distinction she is making but when it boils down to it, music is composed sound. Some pieces on Loop do tend towards collage rather than traditional song basis. Yet it really isn’t anything rare in IDM or electronica fields. Some of her composit tracks even tread familiar, post-rock ground. ‘Rewind’ is in the vibe of early Mogwai with its plaintive guitar scale and sampled Police sirens. It could have fit somewhere between 4 Satin and CODY. ‘When’ even recalls ‘Stasi’, a rare track port-royal put out on Chat Blanc, and one of my favourite things they ever did.

A masterwork of simplicity, ‘When’ is a standout here too, but isn’t wholely representative of this album or Dalot as a whole. If you need a peg upon which to hang your Dalot coat, then I wouldn’t pick port-royal or Mogwai as references. I’d pitch her somewhere between labelmate Last Days, and Stars Of The Lid. Loop feels similarly autobiographical to that of Last Days (although with wordless compositions we can never be sure of that). She is a tad less minimalist than SOTL, less drone, but where Dalot really speaks to me of those two wonderful acts is in the integrity of her music. This is a personal impression but it seems to me that Dalot’s music is brave and honest. The art doesn’t seem separated from the artist. Like the sonic equivalent of a life painting, we’re really focusing in on her.

Loop.. is a fine addition for any discerning electronica, IDM, ambient fan. Yet I still get the impression there is even more to come from this young lady. I don’t believe Loop will eventually prove to be Dalot’s masterpiece. Think I’m being pessimistic? I’m being optimistic. Imagine… an album even better than Loop Over Latitudes. This is an artist to nurture and allow to develop at her own pace. It could prove to be a journey well worth sharing.

- [sic] Magazine

"Dalot Loop Over Latitudes"

Working with an organic range of source material – field recordings, minimal electronics, voice, guitar, and other instruments – Greek-born Maria Papadomanolaki constructs quite interesting ambient works on her first full-length. The pieces are always morphing, drifting, and wafting, giving way to new approaches all the time.

A worthy introduction, ‘Solitary, Vacant’ is calming and elongated but glitch-y around the edges, all while teasing out ethereal vocals and distant acoustic guitar. The softly textured ‘Above the Rooftops’ is defined by a prickly pulse, whereas the following ‘Time to Be (Out of Time)’ strikes away from these more standard ambient motifs to try several different things: while the field recording of a clanging bell is familiar enough, from there the track encompasses incidental guitar, a windy tug, and an unexpected drone foretelling a sudden flurry of scattered beats, all before retreating back to the bucolic peace of its beginning. The inclusion of programmed beats is somewhat questionable, but overall the piece works.

‘Rewind’ combines Flying Saucer Attack-style distortion-and-acoustic-guitar gentleness with seagulls, sirens, and half-buried conversation. More alien textures materialise later, and they’re more appealing and transporting than those we can immediately identify. The slowly expansive ‘View From a Hill’ is aimless in a good way, while ‘When’ pools with chill depths until it hits upon a run of slurping friction and then lullaby-worthy melodies. ‘Story of a City’ recalls a lunar landing scored by Tangerine Dream before thrilling hand drums enter for the final minute, another surprising twist. More in line with expectations is the closing ‘Infinite Window’, which intertwines resonating guitar with a downbeat piano melody amid surrounding warmth.

Papadomanolaki clearly has no shortage of ideas, and she generally executes them quite well. But some of this album’s best moments feel rushed or fleeting, as if she moves on to the next idea before fully exploring the one at hand. Then again, that approach leaves us wanting more of those there-and-gone textures, and backtracking to revisit them.

Doug Wallen
- Cyclic Defrost

"Dalot Loop Over Latitudes (Review in German)"

Maria Papadomanolaki ist für mich eine der Entdeckungen dieses Herbstes. Ganz und gar unaufgeregt verliert sie sich in ihren Soundscapes, die eigentlich einfach nur shoegazerische Variationen auf eine längst vergessene Liebe sein wollen. Nur ohne die Wände. Stattdessen arrangiert sie alles mit viel Luft und ist dabei Stars Of The Lid näher als das jemals jemand geschafft hätte. Große Kompositionen für den Moment.
http://www.n5md.com - de:bug

"Dalot Loop Over Latitudes (Review in French)"

Derrière Dalot se cache une artiste grecque : Maria Papadomanolaki. C’est dans le milieu de l’art sonore que la jeune femme se fait d’abord connaître par des performances scéniques ou radiophoniques. En 2007 et 2008 Maria propose une exhibition assez ambitieuse et originale : une pièce vocale interactive basée sur des lectures (par les visiteurs eux-mêmes) d’extraits de Samuel Beckett. Tout l’intérêt de la chose réside dans la réécoute de ces enregistrements en s’appuyant sur la musicalité de la voix et la décontextualisation : c’est le projet Stoma qui recevra de prestigieuses récompenses. En 2009, c’est avec Dalot que Maria goûte au plaisir de la création plus musicale avec la sortie d’un premier EP : Flight Sessions. Elle est alors accueillie au sein du chaleureux et combien délicat label n5MD, Loop Over Latitudes est ainsi le premier album de la jeune femme. Il reprend 3 pistes de l’EP et propose 6 morceaux originaux. Inspiré par 6 années d’errances à travers la planète, les premières mesures offrent un vagabondage sonore assez efficace. On retrouve quelques recettes classiques de l’ambient avec des nappes mélodiques, de la guitare épurée et des chants éthérés. Puis viennent se superposer des éléments sonores enrichissant et singularisant chaque morceau. Que ce soit dans la rythmique, dans les ajouts de bruits environnants , les pistes défilent les unes à la suite des autres sans aucun sentiment de lassitude avec même l’apparition de quelques pépites comme le bouleversant “When” magique et envoûtant.

En écoute :

Dalot sur Myspace - Paperblog

"n5MD :: 10 years later, 5 questions further (Part 1)"

Five questions with Dalot.

Igloo :: With n5's 10th year in operation, what are your views about the label and/or stories you’d like to share about its direction in this ever-changing musical landscape?

Dalot :: I have been introduced to this beautiful label in 2006-7 when I listened to Last Days’ album Sea, soon followed by Bitcrush’s In Distance. Since then I have been following its realm with great enthusiasm, respect and admiration for its genuine spirit and its strength to release unique musics. n5MD should continue doing what it does best which essentially means discovering and bringing forward new stuff and providing unhindered support to its family of artists while keeping its DIY temperament. It should also carry on putting out albums that reflect its unique/signature sound that includes an engaging mixture of IDM, post-rock, shoegaze and experimental soundcapes. n5MD resides in the present but it surely belongs to the future as well, in terms of how it absorbs and integrates emerging forms, challenges and attitudes to its stride.

Igloo :: What is your motivation to continue pushing out quality content and how has the label helped to bring your music to life? (this can go in many directions; artwork, mastering, collaborations, remixes, label support, etc.)

Dalot :: I want to continue releasing music because it helps me vocalize my internal thoughts. My music serves as an unorthodox diary of occurrences. It provides me with the vital space I need to breathe, decompress and analyze my real life events. It is also important for me to share these thoughts with other people. Before signing with n5, some years ago I found ways to self-release materials electronically or by compiling DIY releases in the form of cassettes or CDr’s usually demanding a certain amount of time and resources. n5MD opened up a whole new spectrum of possibilities by significantly smoothing out the process of releasing an album. With Loop Over Latitudes everything happened so easily and fast (almost hands-free) while being an extremely fascinating experience. It also exposed me to a broader network of listeners, media and artists.

Igloo :: Tell us more about your process in creation; listeners always hear the final product(s) and rarely read/hear how the artist creates their sound. This can include hardware/software comments, studio/live aspect, audio/visual thoughts, or simply some background on your development of an album etc.)

Dalot :: There is nothing technically special or complicated in the way I create my music. All these years, also due to the fact that I was moving a lot from place to place, I have created a compact (almost mobile) set-up. I mainly use my guitar, my voice, environmental sounds, found sounds or snippets of instruments recorded here and there. I process these sounds using a combination of software like Ableton, Audacity or Max/MSP. And that’s it really. I definitely belong to the generation of bedroom musicians and I certainly cannot afford buying gadgets and hardware. Less is more! I have been in bands as well and I really enjoy the physical experience of performing, but my current status is def more introspective. I like to keep things simple when it comes to making music. Simple can sometimes be/sound more complex than it seems. That’s how I see it in my case at least. Therefore the most important part of the process is when I internalize experiences and transform them into sounds. Every single sound I use in my music is symbolic and a carrier of a specific/deliberate mood and dynamic. Although my music is not primarily destined for live performances, during a live set, I usually like to deconstruct my tracks and remix them in different and playful ways depending on the mood. The ideal would be to team up with a VJ. That would be awesome!

Igloo :: If there was one question in a series like this that you are rarely ever asked, what would it be, and what is your response?

Dalot :: Ha! Who would you like to be or what “musical career ” would you like to pursue if you weren’t where you are today? And my answer would be…

I would love to go back in time and be the sound-mixer and sound designer in Jacques Tati’s movies. I just think this guy was a genius. I find his movies quite musical and sometimes even more sound oriented than a video clip or a musical, haha. Sounds move, paint and add personality to the actions and the characters on screen. The leitmotivs and the uniqueness of the aural scenery are not a background deal as with many of the mainstream movies. It would also be extremely amusing to work and use the equipment and the technology of that time.

Igloo :: Any final thoughts, upcoming release commentary, words of wisdom for listeners and musicians? …or any n5 related kudos to deliver?

Dalot :: The 10 years n5MD compilation is ACE! Expect to be surprised.

Visit Dalot via the n5MD website here. - igloomag

"Dalot Loop Over Latitudes"

The label welcomes a new member to its family with Maria Papadomanolaki first proper full length debut as Dalot, Loop over Latitudes. From sweeping pads to pulsating electronic beats, Dalot demonstrates her skill at “creating moments of lush ambience, emotion and texture by blending elements of phonography, electro-acoustic composition and minimal electronica with more traditional musical elements such as voice, guitar, glockenspiel and tablas.” Quoting Stars of the Lid, Colleen and Boards of Canada as her inspirations, Maria blends field recordings with glitchy percussion, meditative passages, and reverb drowned voice to create music as cerebral as it is contemplative – each piece presenting a story, “much like one of the novels she once studied in her native Greece”. The album collects three tracks from Dalot’s first EP, Flight Sessions, released by Coo Records in 2009. With this release, Dalot joins n5MD veterans such as Another Electronic Musician, SubtractiveLAD, and Near The Parenthesis to contribute another solid release to the label’s catalog of emotional experiments in music. Well done, milady, and welcome to the family! - Headphone Commute

"Dalot Loop Over Latitudes"

It’s curious that n5MD, a label that initially dealt in the mini-disc as its format of choice, now regularly issues some of the most commanding, full-length-encompassing records of all the electronic imprints. This isn’t the case of a once micro-scaled label puffing out its chest; their reputation for quality albums that clock between seventy and eighty minutes in length renders each release day a massive one, each record a mini universe to carry home and discover. Loop Over Latitudes may break that reliable mould by registering well under the hour-mark but Maria Papadomanolaki, who records as Dalot, earns every second of n5MD’s aura by engineering compositions that stretch out ominously without ever blurring into drone’s seesaw dynamics.

As both a classically trained musician and a sound-collage artist, Papadomanolaki merges gentle ambient nuances with everything from crisp traditional instruments and field-recordings to carefully layered noise. Her breadth of knowledge quickly distinguishes ‘Solitary, Vacant’, a gauzy drone track peppered with glitches, by elevating its mood with pastoral guitar and wordless vocals. It’s but the first of many instances where Dalot shapes concrete and lucid structures out of something we’d be forgiven for assuming would remain a zone-out composition. ‘When’ has barely gathered its glum melody when a percolating rhythm rises in the mix, leading to a sumptuous swirl of bass, distorted synths and languid guitar. Even when thick beat-programming swells into ‘Time To Be (Out Of Time)’, these evolutions never sound flashy so much as integral to Papadomanolaki’s unspoken narrative, which unfurls at such a deceiving pace you hardly notice when she lets the ambience win (as on ‘View From a Hill’).

Loop Over Latitudes’ quieter moments unveil Dalot’s aptitude for sound-collages, a secondary ace-in-sleeve that gives her airier compositions a palpable place and time. The distant sirens that squeeze into ‘Rewind’ might’ve felt obvious in the hands of a lazier songwriter but here they contrast an initial seaside setting as though we’re sitting in Papadomanolaki’s passenger seat, drifting back into the traffic artery of a congested city. Loop Over Latitudes doesn’t deserve or plead for exclamation-ridden reactions; it’s a more inert listening experience, where the actual and imaginary aspects of Dalot’s songwriting play with your head. - the skeleton crew quarterly


2010 Loop Over Latitudes (n5MD)
2009 Flight Sessions EP (Coorecords)



Dalot is the project alias of Grecian born electro-acoustic artist Maria Papadomanolaki. Her music as Dalot incorporates elements of ambient, phonography, electronica's more esoteric backbone, and a thoughtfully sparse use of stringed instruments. Her compositions have been featured in a variety of European and International festivals such as the Icelandic festival of experimental film and the Athens Video Art festival. More recently her work as Dalot has been been featured in Tom Robinson's Introducing on BBC 6 and on Resonance FM. Her debut EP “Flight Sessions” was released by CooRecords (GR) in 2009 and was thematically trumpeted by the imprint as "...a journey to your most inner beautiful hideaway". Shortly after the release of the EP Dalot signed on to the n5MD imprint which lead to her first full length album release entitled “Loop Over Latitudes” in September 2010 as well as her participation in the label’s 10 year anniversary compilation “V/A The reconstruction of fives”. In addition to her work as Dalot Maria has worked at any given time as producer, curator, and performer on various radio shows, art events and international festivals. She currently resides in New York.