The cathartic power of music cannot be understated and this is something explored by musician Evripidis and His Tragedies who revisits a painful moment that he and his then partner experienced in a homophobic attack. The Athens-born musical talent debuts Lycabettus as a means of chronicling the traumatic event and reminding us the fight for LGBTQI+ rights still has a way to go.
Whilst many releases throughout Pride month are geared towards dancefloor-orientated escapism, Lycabettus showcases further reasons of the importance of pride. Evripidis details the meaning behind the track’s title: “Lycabettus is a hill that dominates the skyline of downtown Athens, a steep rocky formation that pops out of the very heart of the city centre.”
He adds “It is an important song for me, as it recreates the facts of a homophobic attack that my then partner and I suffered while going down that hill, a few years ago. That experience affected and transformed way beyond the physical consequences and though I moved on, the scars are still there.”
The track, an outtake from Evripidis’s Neon Kosmos album sessions was omitted due to its dark tone. Yet Evripidis felt that this was a song that deserved it’s own moment to standout: “I am choosing to share this song and give it the standout status I feel it deserves, as a chronicle of a terrifying past experience, but also as a reminder that there is a long way to go and many a fight to fight for LGBTQI+ rights.”
Stream the track above. Connect with Evripidis below.