Long anticipted debut album after a year of playing sold-out gigs in some of the most prestigious venues across the UK. Athena (pronounced A-thin-aaah) is an outstanding singer and songwriter. London born but raised in Greece, she has succesfully condensed the two-cultures into her work. All the songs are written in English and make her an unclassifiable genre. Elements of rock, classical music and jazz permeate her music. The albums production was handled by famed Greek composer/producer George Andreou with legendary producer Joe Boyd (Nick Drake, Fairport Convention. Pink Floyd) adding his vast experience to the mix.
Born in London but raised in Greece, singer-songwriter Athena has created an almighty stir with live performances at festivals like Womad, and a smattering of radio appearances. So overwhelming was the response that she was able to embark on a recent high-profile tour without an official record release or a record deal; a highly uncommon occurrence in 21st century Britain. But then Athena is indeed a rara avis. This debut release, which has been produced by Greek composer George Andreou and Joe Boyd (Nick Drake, Fairport Convention. Pink Floyd), illustrates her captivating talents perfectly. Drawing on jazz, folk, contemporary and classical music, the songs that occupy Breathe With Me
are as intimate and sensual as the title suggest. Fans of Norah Jones will delight in coolly delivered, heartfelt ballads like "Green Eyes" and "To Be With You", while mellifluous compositions like the Nick Drake-esque "Recently Scarred" and the haunting "Inside Out" are just as alluring. It's hard, in fact, to find a weak track on the album. Brand new talent she may be, but Athena looks all set to become a household name. --Paul Sullivan