Ioanna Gika (ex-Io Echo) Announces Debut Solo Album, Shares Video for New Song “Out of Focus”

Thalassa Due Out April 5 via Sargent House

Feb 19, 2019 Photography by Jordan Levy
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Ioanna Gika was formerly the frontwoman for Los Angeles dark electro shoegaze duo Io Echo, but now she has announced her debut solo album, Thalassa, and has shared a self-directed video for a new song from it, "Out of Focus." Thalassa is due out April 5 via Sargent House. Watch the "Out of Focus" video below, followed by the album's tracklist and cover art, as well as her upcoming tour dates supporting Garbage. The album includes "Roseate," its opening track that was shared as a single last October and was one of our Songs of the Week (listen to it below again).

According to a press release, the "Out of Focus" video features "world surf champion Jake Caster as the Greek god Pan."

The press release also says that Thalassa was "written in Greece during a period of familial grief and romantic dissolution" and that the album "documents an unanchored soul facing nature at its most unforgiving."

Gika adds: "A series of deaths drew me home to Greece. The city of my childhood memories was in disrepair. I drove past painted swastikas towards burial sites. I said goodbyes and grieved for those I didn't get to say goodbye to. Thalassa is about going through change that is unwanted yet unstoppable. It is a document of the dread, the adrenaline, and the surrender in the moments when you realize the only way to survive is to brace yourself and go through."

Read our recent Artist Survey interview with Gika.

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Thalassa Tracklist:

1. Roseate
2. Out of Focus
3. Thalassa
4. Messenger
5. Swan
6. Weathervane
7. New Geometry
8. No Matter What
9. Ammonite
10. Drifting

Ioanna Gika Tour Dates Supporting Garbage:

May 3 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
May 7 Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
May 8 Charlotte, NC @ The Filmore
May 16 Los Angeles, CA @ The Shrine

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