Today Greek dreampop artist Keep Shelly In Athens shares two new songs that pay tribute to WWII era anti-Nazi resistance heroes The White Rose, just in time for Memorial Day.
Sophia Magdalena Scholl (May 9, 1921 – February 22, 1943) was a German student and anti-Nazi political activist, active within The White Rose non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany.
She was convicted of high treason after having been found distributing anti-war leaflets at the University of Munich (LMU) with her brother, Hans. For her actions, she was executed by guillotine.
Her executioner (Johann Reichhart) later said that he had never seen anyone die as bravely as Sophie Scholl.
The White Rose was a non-violent, intellectual resistance group in Nazi Germany. Their activities started in Munich on June 27, 1942. The group conducted an anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign that called for active opposition to the Nazi regime. The core members of the group who carried on distributing the pamphlets, faced show trials by the Nazi People’s Court (Volksgerichtshof) and were executed by guillotine four days after their arrest, on February 22, 1943.
KSIA explains how the idea for these songs came about:
“When I read about the story of White Rose and Sophie Scholl, which I initially discovered via this YouTube video, I sat down immediately and wrote those songs. I was quite emotional after learning the life stories of these somewhat unsung heroes, and especially Sophia Magdalena Scholl, as she was such an incredible and courageous young woman, who defied the tyranny of evil and gave her life for a greater cause.”
The ethereal and swirling sounds of Greece’s Keep Shelly in Athens capture the transient feelings of city life and the inevitable passing of time. With lush melodic beats and dreamy vocals Keep Shelly’s production is an accessible and lighthearted entry into the world of down-tempo electronica.
With previous releases on labels including Forest Family Records, Transparent Records, Planet Mu, Cascine and Friends of Friends, the duo have already transported their whimsical arrangements and soothing productions across the globe, including performances at Coachella Festival, Parklife Festival, Brighton’s The Great Escape Festival and many more.
In addition to their own releases they have also done official remixes for Tycho (Ghostly International), Blood Diamonds (4AD), Steve Mason (Domino) and many more…
What the press has said in the past:
“They’ll make you happy to feel sad.” -The Guardian
“Keep Shelly in Athens are never anything less than enthralling.” -Clash Music
“…downtempo, Balearic-tinged sounds that sound like what would happen if someone tried to remake Air’s Moon Safari to correspond with the present day’s fashions…” -Pitchfork
“…soothes and spooks in equal measure…blissful.” -Dazed and Confused
“…floats like a sweet Saint Etienne dream shattered by devastatingly melancholy trumpet sighs.” -NME
“It s not just a mood of vacation relaxing over a clear calendar, but of not owning a calendar, not worrying that time exists.” -The FADER
“…there are plenty of blissful melodies and heavenly pads to be found…” -XLR8R
“…intoxicating blend of gauzy summer melodies and late-night melancholy.” -Electronic Beats Magazine
“…this is Madmen Love! A twisted, hugely inventive track! It’s like the Drive soundtrack with sharper claws. It’s easily the fiercest these guys have ever sounded, and it makes for a surprising, exciting change.” -DIY