"Greek-American songwriter Ioanna Gika will be releasing her self-produced debut album Thalassa on April 5th via Sargent House, and has today shared a devastating new single 'Swan'. Speaking on the track she says:
Ioanna Gika is a Greek-American singer songwriter that has been floating in the ether for a little while now as a member of IO Echo and playing shows with the likes of DIIV and Deafheaven. She has now been signed to Sargent House for the release of her debut solo album Thalassa, which will come out on April 5th.
For Under the Radar’s 16th Annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to the last year, plus some fun personal questions. Here are some answers from Ioanna Gika. Gika was formerly the frontperson for Los Angeles dark electro shoegaze duo IO Echo, but is now focused on her solo work. In 2018 she released a solo single, “Roseate,” on Sargent House, with a solo album expected this year.
The opening, lilting guitars of “Roseate,” the first single from Greek-American singer Ioanna Gika’s upcoming debut solo LP of the same name, may make you wonder why she’s on tour with beloved indie metal group Deafheaven. “Goodbye / In waves the message rang through the sea,” Gika sings in a half-coo, half-lament. “The pelicans froze in the air, they saw what was no longer there.” It’s borderline folky, though hardly a harbinger of what’s to come.