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Alum, Angeliki Tsotsoni's debut album featuring photography from Charles H. Traub

Cover photo - Rome, 1981 from the project Dolce Via: Italy in the 1980s by Charles H. Traub

Cover photo - Rome, 1981 from the project Dolce Via: Italy in the 1980s by Charles H. Traub

The Greek brother-sister duo , Ocean Hope aka Serafim and class of 2009 alumni Angeliki Tsotsonis share "Devotion", the first lush taste of their debut album Rolling Days. The LP will be released on vinyl, CD, and digitally via Hush Hush Records on May 25th, 2018.

Rolling Days serves as the proper follow-up to their breakthrough 2015 debut release Chamber Dreams, a 4-track EP that introduced Ocean Hope’s romantic dream-pop sound in mysterious, shadowy, intimate fashion. For the past few years, the duo have stayed busy tinkering away in their home studios, recording ideas at Angeliki’s home in the small seaside town of Nerantza on the Corinthian Gulf, as well as at Serafim’s studio in the metropolitan of Athens. Steadily evolving and crafting their own unique style of dream-pop, Rolling Days proudly embraces a confident shift away from the hushed aesthetic of their debut in favor of a more direct, bold, and magnetic sound.

To listen to the album and purchase your copy, please click here.

In his book Dolce Via: Italy in the 1980s, photographer and Department Chair Charles H. Traub (born 1945) turns his emphatically American gaze upon the streets and byways of Italy, from Milan to Marsala. Traub’s brilliant blues, reds and yellows accent the baroque posturing and gestures of strangers and ordinary people. Traub’s friend and guide, the late photographer Luigi Ghirri, said of the imagery, "you see our foibles, strip us bare, make love through the camera and then venerate us." Dolce Via is the first comprehensive collection of these vivid color photographs, which were made in Italy during the early 1980s. This publication includes contributions from American art critic, photographer and founding editor of Artforum, Max Kozloff, and the Italian poet, Luigi Ballerini.

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Venice, 1981 from the project Dolce Via: Italy in the 1980s by Charles H. Traub

Venice, 1981 from the project Dolce Via: Italy in the 1980s by Charles H. Traub

A look at Italy in the 1980s through the eyes of Charles Traub

“Sensual and sad, bursting with colour and pleasure, magnificent even in its melancholy, Charles Traub's photographs from the streets of Rome, Florence, Naples, and Milan in the early 1980s, capture the eternal nature of Italy, and the very essence of its lively people.

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Characteristic of his imagery is a candid intimacy that combines humour and spontaneity, which makes us long for an Italy that maybe only once was. Brilliant blues, reds, and yellows engulf the baroque posturing and gestures of strangers and ordinary people who become fond archetypical caricatures. Traub’s friend and guide, the late photographer Luigi Ghirri, said of the imagery, ‘You see our foibles, strip us bare, make love through the camera, and then venerate us.’

The photographs were made with a Plaubel Makina 67, using Kodak colour negative film. Now available to enjoy in a new book entitled Dolce Via, this is the first monograph from a large selection of work produced in that period…” 

 

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To read the rest of the beautiful write up by Katy Cowan, founding editor of Creative Boom please click here.

Images courtesy of Charles Traub. 

Images courtesy of Charles Traub.