Black Peak

Xylouris White, 2016

Xylouris White had been swirling around my usual circles for a some time, but I didn't actually hear their music until I caught them at the 2017 Big Ears Festival in Knoxville. They make quite an impression. Pairing rousing Mediterranean folk forms with a propulsive and elastic post-punk rhythm sounds good, even on paper, but Giorgis Xylouris (on lute and vocals) and Australian out-rock legend Jim White (on drums) have a kinetic interplay that's practically a third member of the band. Black Peak was one of the two LPs I came home with from that day at the festival, and Xylouris White a band I frequently tip friends to.