Review: Paul Karapiperis – One Sin In Seven Parts

Posted on: Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014

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Paul Karapiperis – One Sin In Seven Parts

(Shelter Home Studio)

Multi instrumentalist Paul Karapiperis is the leader of Greek blues band Small Blues Trap – not one of those outfits who tend to reinterpret the likes of ‘Sweet Home Chicago’, ‘Got My Mojo Working’ or ‘Dust My Broom’ – and Paul’s solo career tends to involve him moving even further towards a rather unique personal expression.

This is his third effort under his own name, following on from 2009’s “Fifteen Raindrops In An Ocean Of Blues Tales” and 2012’s “Somethin’ Like Blues Or Haunted Ballads”, with the latter title also rather appropriate for this set, which is one song split into seven parts, though it can also be listened to as seven separate different entities.

Much of the album is rather spooky sounding and most of it is bluesy, with Mississippi Delta styled guitar licks and wailing harmonica set against walls of sound and with Paul’s breathy but gruff vocals laid on top. ‘A Secret Place’ – track five – lurches from a rather quiet introspective acoustic item into a full blown slab of blazing blues-rock, more than a little reminiscent of vintage Santana, before the next track opens in almost Rice Miller fashion and slides into a loose quasi-work-song cum Howling Wolf inspired piece.

The closing number, ‘The Dreamland’s Door’ is, initially at least, rather akin to some of the best of the late 60s UK blues boom, at least musically. Bear in mind though that these descriptions are all of necessity rather loose and intended merely to give a flavor of what is actually a rather distinctive and highly individual set. Very interesting indeed…

NORMAN DARWEN

www.smallbluestrap.gr/mp3/mp3.html

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