It isn’t rock, that’s for sure. Fos is the recording name of Anglo-Greek musician Katerina Koutouzi who plays, sings and writes everything herself. She even painted the cover portrait. Using a sampler, all manner of percussion instruments, accordion, piano and harmonium Koutouzi has crafted a varied and charming collection of songs about the sea. Songs in the loosest sense in that around half the tracks are instrumental and others use her vocals as an instrument rather than as a conveyor of any meaningful lyrical content.
This is the aural equivalent of a beachcombing expedition with much of the percussion provided by pebbles and shells as well as an assortment of traditional drums, chimes and cymbals. There are also field recordings galore with natural history of the shoreline – gulls and other creatures – making an appearance. Musically, some tracks burble along on textured loops of keyboard while others have a very European folk feel with accordion and harmonium to the fore. Only a couple of tracks are songs as such, Koutouzi preferring to use her voice as an instrument to be manipulated electronically, but where she does sing straight, such as on the final track In Harmony, she has a pleasingly breathy voice. Rock is definitely worth anybody’s time – an unpolished little gem.