We are very happy to present you “Fragmented Lives”, the new album by Zenjungle aka Phil Gardelis.
Fragmented Lives is the third Midira release by Zenjungle and brings the soundcosmos of Phil Gardelis to another level. The album consists of one epic track running over 36 minutes, combining all trademark sounds of Zenjungle, including slowly tenor saxophone, field recordings and guitar drones, accompanied by violin and cymbal sounds. By taking time, the sounds have enough space to unfold their effect.
“Fragmented Lives” is divided into two parts, starting with the slowly rising and floating “Anticipation” and ending into the loud and dynamic “Realization”. “Anticipation” is about hope that things can change in a better way. Phil Gardelis lives in the heart of the Greek crisis, called “Athens” and like every Greek, he had hope that something will change for the better, after the Greek election two years ago. “Realization” is what comes after hope. It´s what is now. Greece is still in a crisis, many people lost their works and the election seems to be a mistake. Also the rest of the world seems to stuck in a crisis with so many refugees and strange election results all over the world.
The good thing about it is, that the crisis did not overwhelm Phil Gardelis. His music is a catalyzer, that turns his feelings into sounds, which lead us to “Fragmented Lives”. Apart from all the politics and society themes, that provoked Phil Gardelis to write this album, it is a masterpiece in his discography. 36 minutes of floating, growing, droning, fizzling… It´s ambient, drone, doom, jazz and everything in between. A very emotional journey through the mind of Phil Gardelis.
The album features guest appearances by Nima Aghiani on violin and Babis Coltranis on drum cymbals. Andreas Brinke from [ B O L T ] did the Mastering.
The album comes as a 12inch ultra clear vinyl, housed in a 350g sleeve with a coloured reverse-print artwork. Limited to 200 copies. Including a download code for the uncutted 36 minutes version of “Fragmented Lives”.
LP: A. Anticipation / B. Realization
Digital: 01. Fragmented Lives