Hear This: Leon of Athens - Xenos
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Today's sad state of the world is reflected in 'Xenos', the newest track from Greek indie-pop artist Leon of Athens. “’Xenos’ was initially inspired by the genocide of indigenous peoples. The song refers to any oppressed group of people who are forced to leave their land. On a personal note, it also refers to the feeling of being a stranger to your own self.” This new track is the first new music fans have heard since the highly acclaimed Global dropped in 2014. A mix of electronic experiment with gutsy guitar and dominating drums defines 'Xenos'. His vocals ache and are delicate to begin with, but gain their strength as the song comes to a emotionally charged climax. It feels somewhat lonely, the tender vocal against a dark roaring track, but in Greek, 'Xenos' means a stranger, foreigner, alien. Stand-out lyrics are "We are the virus. Parasites who live against all others", a fitting tribute to the current hatred in our society. Leon of Athens' new album is set to be released later this year, but for now, immerse yourself in the push and pull of 'Xenos'.
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