Gorgon City explore themes of love and loss on third studio album, ‘Olympia’
Resting on the Peloponnese peninsula in Western Greece, the ancient settlement of Olympia is drenched in historical, archeological, architectural, and pseudo-religious meaning. Home to the Temple of Zeus and many other ancient monuments, the gods often came down from Mount Olympus to visit this sacrament. It is also the name of Gorgon City’s third studio album, out now on Astralwerks. A fitting theme too given how the renowned Brit duo has long used the image of the Medusa in their imagery.
An album shrouded in Greek mythology, Olympia is an eclectic and euphoric mix of past and present, it’s a celebration of musical worlds coming together, with 90s house blending seamlessly with 2020s finest pop. Clocking in at 18 tracks, the LP is a collaborative piece of work showcasing Gorgon City’s strength in discovering and developing vocal talents that are genre-spanning and varied. There are features from an incredible roll call of exciting new talent in the form of Aura James, alongside past collaborators Josh Barry, Sofi Tukker and DRAMA.
Having previously released “House Arrest” with Sofi Tukker, “Nobody” alongside DRAMA, and their Evan Giia-assisted track, “Burning,” the album celebrates themes of escapism and exploration, as social freedom finally feels like a reality. Olympia is a collection of the duo’s work over the last few years while digging deeper into the sounds, experiences, and emotions that have influenced their lives and work. The breadth of music they’ve been exposed to while touring pre-COVID informs Olympia’s massive sonic palette. Speaking on Olympia, Gorgon City say,
“With this record we’ve definitely gone more clubby and have been inspired by the big shows that we played before lockdown. It’s a bigger sound and lyrically it’s different for us”– Gorgon City
Olympia continues the pair’s form for identifying new singing talent. Matt and Kye typically prefer to work with singers and songwriters operating outside of the dance music sphere – introducing new, stimulating elements to the Gorgon City oeuvre. Eleven different singers appear across Olympia, exploring primordial themes of love and loss over an array of euphoric piano anthems on the Hayley May-assisted “Never Let Me Down”, the driving bass-lines of “Dreams” with Jem Cooke, and woozy melancholic house on “Nobody” with DRAMA.
With Kye now residing in the birthplace of house music, Chicago, and Matt remaining in London, the creation of Olympia marked a career first for the duo, having produced the project from entirely separate continents – but that has not dimmed their light.
Later this year, the duo will embark on the accompanying Olympia album tour—a run of some of their most ambitious shows to date. Highlight stops along the tour include the sold-out Los Angeles date at Shrine Expo Hall, their stop in Brooklyn at The Great Hall, and the tour coming to a close at London’s iconic Printworks.
Gorgon City – Olympia LP
- Tell Me It’s True
- Oxygen (with Aura James)
- You’ve Done Enough (with DRAMA)
- Dreams (with Jem Cooke)
- Body Language (with Cami)
- When You’re Gone
- House Arrest (with Soffi Tukker)
- Never Let Me Down (with Hayley May)
- Sweet Temptation
- Nobody (with DRAMA)
- Lost Feelings
- Tears (with Grace Grundy)
- Waiting For The Right Time
- Ecstasy (with Jem Cooke)
- Foolproof (with Hayden James & Nat Dunn)
- Burning (with Evan Giia)
- Freedom (with Josh Barry)
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