Interview With Ioanna Gika // Flaunt

To best understand Ioanna Gika and the world that she has created, it is best to shatter all that you know to be reality and toss on a druid robe as you embark on a personal journey of monastic sorcery…

Album Review: 'Thalassa' Scores 5/5 // New Noise Magazine

Album Review: Ioanna Gika – Thalassa

Review via New Noise Magazine

is the debut album from Ioanna Gika, a Greek American musician signed to Sargent House. Formerly of Io Echo, Gika has spoken about how “Thalassa is about going through change that is unwanted yet unstoppable.” Gika conveys that musically by combining classical tones with cool, dark, and modern electronic moods. Thalassa means “spirit of the sea” in Greek, and like the ocean, there is a lusciousness to this breathtaking album.

Ioanna Gika at Levitation 2019

Ioanna Gika will be performing Levitation 2019 on Nov 9 at Central Presbyterian Church support from Chelsea Wolfe.
Tickets HERE


Album of the Day: Ioanna Gika, “Thalassa” // bandcamp daily

Album of the Day: Ioanna Gika, “Thalassa”

via bandcamp daily

Ioanna Gika wrote and produced her first solo record, Thalassa, during a period of turbulent change. In the wake of the deaths of her father and stepfather, and the dissolution of a long-term relationship, the former member of Io Echo traveled to her family’s home country of Greece, where she witnessed its now-decade-long spiral into economic ruin and corruption firsthand. She emerged with an art-pop odyssey of gothic elegance and profound searching: for clarity, for solidity, for a way forward, like a balm amid crisis.

'Thalassa' Album Review // The FADER


Greek-American singer songwriter Ioanna Gika crafts songs so towering, they nearly pierce through the atmosphere. Her self-produced debut album Thalassa (which translates to ‘sea’ in Greek) is out in its entirety today, and it’s a…

Review: Ioanna Gika “Thalassa” // Astral Noize

Review: Ioanna Gika “Thalassa”

One of the most interesting trends in modern heavy music is the acceptance of a style that, on the surface, sometimes has very little in common with metal. At one end of this rather vast spectrum are the more obviously metallic stylings of Chelsea Wolfe, and at the other is Greek-American artist Ioanna Gika, whose compositions are intense but electronically driven. Perhaps the likes of Wolfe, Gika, Anna von Hausswolff, Emma Ruth Rundle and Louise Lemón appear at metal festivals, release on metal labels and receive support from metal publications because listeners have begun to realise that heaviness doesn’t have to stem solely from roaring riffs and vicious vocals – it can also be in the sheer scope or deep-seated poignancy of a piece of music. In truth, the elegiac music Gika is responsible for might be a step too far for many riff patrons, but those who turn their attention elsewhere as soon as the electronics kick in will be missing out, for the Sargent House artist sets herself apart on her debut solo album with a style that’s vast, captivating and powerful.

Gika’s vocal performance is key throughout. Presented stark, her voice has a natural elegance that resonates through the album, shining down from some celestial plane; a beam of light soaring over the dense and often menacing music that lies beneath. The album is so vast that it’s easy to find yourself lost within its supernatural charm, but with vocals that are a commanding combination of alluring power, mournful disquiet and expressive serenity, Thalassa’s humanity is also front and present. Inspired in part by familial loss and romantic setbacks as well as the forced change they bring, the album’s personal themes can be heard throughout. They are there in the funereal atmospherics and looming beat of ‘No Matter What’ and the downhearted tones of ‘Weathervane’, but most notably they are what we are left with on the forlorn loneliness of closer ‘Drifting’.