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JUNEA

May Roosevelt marked her return in 2017 with her album titled «Junea», coming out on October 23rd via Inner Ear. Junea is a heroine of the modern digital world, where reality meets fiction through bridges made of electronic sounds and pixels. Musically, it could be said that she is an alter ego of May Roosevelt, adding new qualities to the artist’s existing musical identity. In the world of Junea synthesizers rule, creating a multi-layered sound environment of crystal sounds and rhythmic beats. Ethereal vocals and encrypted lyrics lead to a parallel dreamy, three-dimensional universe that mirrors the artist’s exploration into new musical coordinates.


Music written, arranged, produced & performed by May Roosevelt / Mixed by Christos Megas / Mastered by Sweetspot Studios / Artwork by Maria Pseftoga / noon design


︎“May Roosevelt’s exploratory darkwave is totally cosmic”  THE FADER PREMIERS TRACK “AIR”
︎ “Voices warp and overlap in “Flowers” to give the impression that there are many more inhabiting this plane, but by the end, it feels lonely, and perhaps even like it were a distant, half-lucid dream.”  Grimmy Goods
︎ “The whole thing is a bit of a cerebral trip. It’s definitely a release to consider as we get deeper into spooky season.”  EARMILK

︎ “Quelque part en Grèce, May Roosevelt écrit le futur de la pop synthétique. Humaine après tout.” Le Drone
︎ JUNEA on Lifo’s 20 Favourite Albums of the Decade2010-2020 LIFO


LABEL: Inner Ear
DATE: 2017
FORMAT: LP / DIGITAL


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Music
to the poetry
of Ntinos Christianopoulos



The album consists of 10 musical compositions inspired by the poetry of Ntinos Christianopoulos, in which the composer dovetails her music with the simultaneous recitation of the poems by the poet himself; thus, Roosevelt highlights the emotional resonance of his poetry, through her own musical interpretation.

Her compositions, based on the piano, are enriched by the theremin, the most characteristic feature of May Roosevelt’s music. Lyrical melodies, elements of Greek folk-pop music and Byzantine church hymns are blended,  thus echoing the literary pseudonym of the poet: “Christianopoulos” (the christian child), and capturing both the confessional aspect of his poetry and his existential angst.




︎[...] Her piano-based compositions also are infused by the traditions of Greek folk music and Byzantine church hymns, which similarly lend her music a highly personalized quality. She's also someone who brings an above-average degree of imagination to her work [...] TEXTURA
︎Greek Album of the Year 2013  SONIK/AVOPOLIS MAGAZINE
︎50 Best Albums of the Decade 2010-2020 AVOPOLIS.GR

LABEL: IANOS PUBLICATIONS
FORMAT: CD
DATE: 2013


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MIXED BY CHISTOS MEGAS & MAY ROOSEVELT. 
MASTERED BY CHISTOS MEGAS. WATERCOLOR ILLUSTRATIONS BY STELIOS PSEFTOGAS.
ARTWORK BY MARIA PSEFTOGA / NOON DESIGN















HAUNTED



The strange musical case of May Roosevelt











May Roosevelt’s album “Haunted” opens doors to phantoms of the past. The work’s eight musical compositions are supernatural entities of modern technology that hover in the air, bursting open the chest of rustic tradition only to be transformed into rhythms of Greek dances. Following “Panda, a story about love and fear”, composer and thereminist May Roosevelt uncovers a dark and reclusive universe defined by motion and dance. “Haunted” starts with the zeibekiko dance rhythm in ‘The Unicorn Died’, which was composed and presented for the first time in London at the Red Bull Music Academy in February 2010. The original idea evolved through an intense speculation about the place held by traditional Greek rhythms in the canon of Greek electronic music. This exploration subsequently led to the creative transformation of eight different Greek dances presented in “Haunted”.

The Theremin, a very complex instrument yet absolutely submissive to the hands of May Roosevelt, was used to create a plethora of curious sounds ranging from wind and stringed instruments to an imitation of human voice. The Theremin’s unique sound also shifted from a bagpipe (in ‘Oomph’) to a Pontic Lyre (in ‘Mass Extermination’), and from a clarinet (in ‘Vow’) into a violin (in ‘Dark the Night’). Through the use of electronic beats to form each rhythm alongside synthesizers and vocals, May Roosevelt attempts to embed anew Greek musical idioms within contemporary music while retaining all their respectable characteristics. The title “Haunted” – inspired by the idea of hauntology, introduced by French philosopher Jacques Derrida – defines the concept and underscores the character of the compositions: The phantoms of the past and the spirit of future, mingled, haunt the music of May Roosevelt.

FORMAT: CD / DIGITAL
LABEL: Self Released
DATE: 2011



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MASTERED BY GIORGOS NOMIKOS & NIKOS DIAMANTOPOULOS.
ARTWORK BY NOON DESIGN.







Panda,
A Story About Love & Fear




Embarking from the ethereal tradition of Clara Rockmore, the composer and performer May Roosevelt guides the listener through 8 songs dealing with the mysterium tremendum. “Panda, a story about love and fear” is a concept album that narrates a story of a girl that is afraid of almost everything. Will she be able to overcome her weaknesses and embrace the assuring love of a panda or will her fears rule out any chance of happiness? This modern fairytale unravels through a musical dialect comprising unique vocals, English lyrics and a complex of electronic soundscapes.

The eight original compositions stem from the esoteric quest for a dreamworld and define its obscure innocence. The production infiltrates the contemporary r’n’b and pop esthetics with sonic nuances of industrial electronica, screamo while leaving enough aural space for the omnipresent and otherworldly cry of the Theremin. May Roosevelt delivers an album where she maps out a path for refining not only the genre of electronica, and the ethereal frequencies but also the possibilities offered by a home studio recording, in complete absence of physical instruments. “Panda” was recorded in total by May herself; a painstaking process where at times she had to cope with broken hard drives, loss of files and other unfortunate surprises. In parallel to her music career, May Roosevelt works as a graphic designer. The EP’s artwork is designed by herself and is fully attuned to the music.

FORMAT: CD
LABEL: CooRecords
DATE: 2009



MIXED BY ANASTASIOS PAPALIAS.
MASTERED BY EPAVLIS PAVLAKIS.

ARTWORK BY NOON DESIGN.
















CRONE VERSIONS


A few months after the release of the EP, “Panda, a Story about Love and Fear” has been reworked by May Roosevelt using the theremin and original samples and loops of the polyphonic tape replay keyboard known as the Mellotron.