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  • Release Date 2018-11-30
  • Label NVMPHS
  • Catalog NVMPHS001
Panacea is the muted ambience, and ethereal electronic, classical acoustic debut by Berlin-based artist Nicolas Savva. Having collaborated with a finely-tuned selection of seasoned musicians from across the world, Nicolas has scored a body of work that transposes moods and atmospheres, narrating a story that deals with grief and healing, while exposing undercurrents of fragility, and hope. With dreamlike vocals, harps, cellos and strings, all woven together through the celestial, musical foundation as created by Nicolas Savva, Panacea lives in a world of its very own, a figurative soundtrack for these rapidly changing and emotional times in which we live.

Panacea is the result of two years hard work. Looking to craft music in a new and avant-garde fashion, one which reflected Nicolas' change in environment, and the imposing Berlin winter, he looked out for an array of musicians to collaborate with. Featuring on two of the EP's tracks is Project Mooncircle artist Monsoonsiren, an artist already deeply engrained in the world of fantastical, lo-fi electronica. The harp features heavily throughout the EP, as played by Anastasia Markopoulou - a.k.a. Sissi Rada, whom Nicolas first encountered playing in David August's live band. Berlin-based Natasha Jaffe features on the cello, 'Mary and The Witches Flower' film score instrumentalist Joshua Messick on the hammered dulcimer, and Sri Lankan musician Kaz Fernando adds the cathartic, and prophetic flutes to 'Shedding Skin'.

Through these collaborations, Nicolas looked to bridge the worlds of classic and electronic. Originally starting out by writing harp arrangements, his music began to take a new direction thanks to the input of these proficient artists. Nicolas then turned the instruments and recordings into pads and synths, looking "to find micro-sounds within the sounds themselves." The end result is a tale that begins with despair on 'White Hotel'. As the record progresses, this grief turns into healing and understanding. The record begins to find nurture through the music, becoming a symbol of strength as it reaches the climatically moving 'Caretaker'. Melancholic and gentle, Panacea is the remedy for all of our ills. The ultimate healer of pain.



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