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Heartbreak Hotel is This Fluid’s fourth album. This album was recorded almost 8 years after their previous release. During this period the members of the band created music for contemporary dance works, recorded personal albums and gradually were estranged from eachother, and, as a consequence, from their audience as well. In 2007 the band was reactivated with the addition of Thanos Vavaroutas (aka ‘housework’- vocals, guitar, melodica, lyrics) who for the previous 3 years had been working with Spyros Faros on their Zero People band project. Spyros Faros, Makis Faros and Thanos Vavaroutas, spent 3 months in the group’s home studio recording over 30 new songs, some of which were included on Heartbreak Hotel and released by Cultroad records in 2009.
Heartbreak Hotel is a post modern album full of allusions and references to the past, filtered through a contemporary, experiential, often obsessive but also critical point of view. It’s an album about addiction and dependence -to relationships, to substances and to day to day situations that become second nature. A raw album, unadorned of the ornaments of modern production, full of emotions and mood swings. From ‘kick’s blues mood, Laci darem’s marriage of Durutti column with Mozart, the raunchy disco fun atmosphere of ‘disco balls’, to the german electro of ‘Politically correct’- through Elvis serenading Vegas as it sinks back in the desert in ‘the middle of nowhere’, to the Suicide brand of obsessiveness of Happy girl and My Fan, the dub/reggae of Rudy, the small minimalistic electronic poems of Ceilings/floors and Leaving, the mixing of Captain Beefheart, Birthday Party and Yell-o-Yell on ‘wonder winterland’, the underground ‘Supersick superchick’ and all the way to the emotional fragility of All Elated, Child and Things in heaven. It’s an album that to be fully penetrated in, quite possibly, requires a lifetime of experience first.