Around the Strophalos is the opening track of my recent debut EP Pagan Anthology. Thematically it is inspired by a fantastic cross between blues history and the ancient Hecate’s worship. Some year ago, I fantasized if in that famous mythical episode in the history of blues, bluesman Robert Johnson hadn't sold his soul to the devil at a crossroads but, instead, invoked Hecate, Greek goddess of the crossroads. With this fantasy in mind, I lit a candle in the darkness of my home studio and, on a drum loop, I began to improvise the melody that would become this track. Its title comes from a fragment of the Chaldean Oracles. My friend Leonardo Reyes has recorded some guitar parts.
Utopia Eleison is a project by Israel Ortega (Caracas, Venezuela) who started on the grounds of prog and classic rock to later embrace electronic, ambient and world music. Today he is making computer-based music inspired by both multiple musical genres daily frequents and his love for books and literature. With his moniker Synth Avesta, he is also producing a more electronic/pop-oriented music.