ROLLING STONE, December 1998
Going Greek and Making It In the Movies - Lesley Sly
Some of these songs were featured in the movie Head On. But Melbourne group, the haBiBis, have been resurrecting and reworking Greek and eastern Mediterranean music for a while and this is their second album. The cover pic says they're youngish and cool-ish (leather and sunglasses abound) and the sound says they're paying homage to their roots while filtering them through contemporary Australian sensibilities. It's demanding music for the players, requiring a high level of dexterity and the ability to make these swirling, heady rhythms and melodies non-demanding for us, the listener.
The five haBiBis weave the guitar, oud and bouzouki with consummate ease, in wide, chiming choruses and intricate dances over which boy/girl voices cast seductive spells, mostly on the theme of love lost, found or unrequited.
Pass the ouzo please!