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557799

by EYOT

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1.
Dodola 09:13
2.
Linen 05:02
3.
Rite 05:41
4.
Rain 06:08
5.
Heartbeat 08:00
6.
Odd 04:32
7.
557799 06:03 video

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The album name is 557799, after the composition number 7, which is about the rhythm pattern throughout it.

5/8 5/8, 7/8 7/8, 9/8 9/8 it goes.

Those 3 odd rhythms are the basics of the Balkans’ traditional music, but for us, there’s more to that than just the number- it’s the epitome of life and history which has always been turbulent in this part of the world. That’s our Heartbeat. Odd is an odd way full of life and emotion.

Dodola (also spelled Doda, Dudulya and Didilya, pronounced: doh-doh-la, doo-doo-lya, or dee-dee-lya) is a pagan tradition found in the Balkans. A girl, wearing a skirt made of knitted,fresh green vines and small branches, is singing and dancing through the village, stopping at every house, where the hosts sprinkle her with water. She is accompanied by villagers who are dancing and shoutingto the music.

In some kind of Rite, Dodolahas summoned the Rain.

Linen is dedicated to the most famous Serbian composer StevanMokranjac- a fragment of his 9th Garland’s “Biljana platnobeleše” (Biljana was washing the linen) is used in the theme. Also, the foundation of harmony here lies upon Mokranjac’s opus.

Half of this album was created from old ideas, mixed with new solutions-or, inspired by many musical styles, formed into the specific EYOT sound.

But this time I was particularly inspired by John Williams, Bruckner, Patrick Doyle, and Mokranjac, and also “The Soul Cages” album by Sting.

-Dejan Ilijic

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released October 23, 2020

Dejan Ilijic – Piano, Moog
Marko Stojiljkovic – Bass
Sladjan Milenovic – Guitar
Milos Vojvodic – Drums
Pete Judge – Trumpet on DODOLA
Jake McMurchie – Sax on DODOLA

Composed and arranged by Dejan Ilijic & EYOT

Recorded by Jim Barr at REAL WORLD STUDIOS & INVADA studio - November 2019
Sound engieener assistant – Oli Jacobs *RWS
Mixed and produced by Jim Barr & Dejan Ilijic
Mastered by Andy Walter at ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS

Cover art – Alban Low

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EYOT Nis, Serbia

Free of genres, EYOT brings a beautiful eclectic sound that swims from rock to jazz, punk and ambient, impressionism to romanticism, all formed into strong compositions. Their live performances are filled with energy and emotions that bring the listener deep into their personal world and create a unique experience. ... more

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