Irene Skylakaki has returned with the release of her title track “Matterless,” a very simple video focusing on my performance of the song with my band, featuring Jon Cox (bass) and Sebastian Hankins (drums) from the Leisure Society and Tryfon Koutsourelis (keys). Watch here
Often compared to the likes of Marika Hackman and Laura Marling, this is the first album Irene has released in the UK, and offers a multi-genre listening experience.
‘Matterless’ finds Irene reflecting on her personal struggle of having to say goodbye to her hometown of Athens to pursue a career in music, at the same time as the romance and breakdowns and the confusion that surrounded a delicate relationship.
Recorded in her newly adopted home, London, the album boast production credit from celebrated producer Danton Supple (Morrissey, The XC, Elbow, Suede).
Born in Greece, Irene studied in London before moving back to Greece pursuing music full time – an endeavour that led to her releasing two critically acclaimed albums in her native country. Irene’s versatility as an artist has led her to support artists as diverse as Macy Gray, Jessie Ware, Beirut, Daughter, and Cass McCombs.
Following a rather serendipitous event which found Irene trying to retrieve a lost dog in Maida Vale, she met Lola Marlin (Director of Sarm Studios), who later introduced her to producer Danton Supple. This meeting led Irene to writing an entire album worth of material within just two weeks, of which ‘Matterless’ was born.
“He’s a sound magician!” Irene says, on recording with Danton Supple.
“Danton thought I had a very interesting way of playing it, and wanted to maintain the character of the songs. He used my guitar playing as a very simple base and massively built it up and transformed it to create the sound of the album, which is processed but still warm as it’s based on a very raw form of the songs”.