Choir of Young Believers is led by 26-year-old Danish singer Jannis Noya Makrigiannis, who works with a rotating cast of supporting players: Sometimes, the band is a duo; at other times, it's an octet, or somewhere in between. Give a listen to This Is for the White in Your Eyes, and you'll hear the inspiration of and , as well as a few surprises along the way. The disc's opening track, "Hollow Talk," is one of my favorite ways to start an album that I've heard all year.
He was proclaimed Talent of the Year at two major Danish music award events in the beginning of this year – based on a four-song EP. That does not happen very often, but aka guitarist/singer Jannis Noya Makrigiannis is really something out of the ordinary. Promises were made with the EP ‘Burn The Flag’ (2007), ‘This Is For The White In Your Eyes’ keeps them.
Sadly, This Is for the White in Your Eyes makes one crucial mistake. It has no appropriate conclusion. “” is not nearly strong enough, let alone memorable enough, to conclude this album. Both the acoustics and the vocals are so low they are barely distinct from a murmur. There is none of the variety of the previous songs and no evidence that the same artist could have produced this song. The mere necessity of this final track is questionable.
The musical recipe is basically as described above: Low-key verse and symphonic climax with strings, horns and choir in an always catchy chorus. Sounds uninspired? Boring at length? I assure you it’s anything but. The songs are great, layers plenty and just waiting to be discovered and add to your experience, but not least because of Jannis Noya Makrigiannis’ voice. Ever predominant in the soundscapes – CO-produced by Anders Rhedin (Moon Gringo, Jong Pang etc.) and Fridolin Nordsø (moi Caprice, The William Blakes etc.) – it is very much responsible for the many moments of sheer melancholic beauty on ‘This Is For The White In Your Eyes’.