The roots of Athens-based indie-folk-instrumental act Burgundy Grapes stretch back to 1994, when high-school buddies Alexandros Miaoulis and the late Alexis Papaioannou, both from Athens, merged with Melbourne born-and-raised George Kolyvas in the Greek capital after the trio was drawn together by deep friendship, artistic affinity and an inexplicable drive to make music together.

Early in 2000, Kolyvas and Miaoulis - without Papaioannou, who was forced to withdraw due to serious illness three years earlier before sadly passing away in 2002 - began a series of home recordings with help from skilled musicians such as cellist Nikos Veliotis and accordionist Yiorgos Tsiatsoulis.

The hard-to-pinpoint project, whose stylistic direction was never really discussed but always felt focused, had slightly deviated from the act’s pristine acoustic roots. Electrified textures entered the project’s sound, including electric bass, atmospheric slide guitar, and at times, various discreet yet dirty and distorted sounds.

Combining gracefully expressed emotion with elements of classical minimalism as well as psychedelic and cinematic references, the group has managed, through each of its releases to date, to offer a distinctive touch to the vast ocean that is music.

Early in 2005, the musical pair released their self-titled debut album on Athens indie label Outlandish Recordings, dedicating it to their late friend. “Burgundy Grapes” was well received, generating favourable reviews.

It was followed by the release of a limited-edition EP, “Lagero”, featuring sparser-than-usual material, on Triple Bath in February 2009.

Burgundy Grapes released a second full-length album, “Man In The Lighthouse”, on Inner Ear Records in June, 2010. At once charming and discreet, this outing managed to attract new listeners and continues to do so, slowly but steadily.

The outfit returned in the autumn of 2017 with a third album, “Short Stories, Lasting Shadows”, released as a special vinyl edition (+cd) and digital album by Inner Ear Records.