12 Feb Reggae.be Review – Christos DC ‘Self Evident’
Christos DC is the pseudonym of Christopher Vrenios, a son of two professional Washington DC opera singers (which immediately explains the last part of his stage name), in addition, Christopher has Greek blood and his grandmother nicknamed him Christos early on.
On this ‘Self Evident’, again the man’s sixth longplayer, mostly subdued introspective roots: “This album was less about a particular theme than it was a means of introspection for me. The songs are quite philosophical in nature, but not so direct in the language. I want people to listen to the lyrics carefully to interpret the meaning. “. For example, Christos philosophizes in opener ‘Silence’ about the value of silence, wondering whether deeds say little more than words, he states in ‘Better To Be Free’ that freedom is above safety, and closing song ‘In Peace’ is a plea for some more peace in this world full of conflicts and hot spots. There are collaborations with the Amsterdam based The Skankin ‘Monks (also on Christos’ previous album ‘Tessera’), São Paulo-based Dada Yute (heard in the slightly more up-tempo ‘I Reserve The Right’, immediately one of our favorites from the track list) and deDUBros, the project of the Italian musicians and producers Federico Cioni and Diego Cossentino Firenze (‘Be Wise’) and the entire project was mixed by Igrade Records producer Laurent ‘Tippy I’ Alfred. Besides the already mentioned ‘I Reserve The Right’, we also want you ‘Upward Looking Down’, with a lovely outro by wind section Brian Falkowski (saxophone), Joe Brotherton (trumpet) and Paul Hamilton (trombone), and title track ‘Self Recommend Evident ‘, Christos version on the World A Reggae riddim in 2019 produced by the Polish K-Jah Sound. Excellent meditative trip with a message!