Sissi Rada “Aporia”

Release: April 9, 2024 / Stroom Records


Roland Barthes, in his 1982 book, Structuralism And After, suggests that a diary, instead of presenting its writer with the question: “ Who Am I?’’ , actually declares a far more droll question: “ Am I?”.
It is this question, this unusual dry amusement that is provoked by the absurd habit of keeping notes, setting milestones and authorizing canons in a process such as human life – that in reality is based on the randomness of nature- that harpist, composer and singer – songwriter Sissi Makropoulou also known as Sissi Rada, encapsulates in the title of her new album, “Aporia” a greek word that could be translated as ‘wonder’. And it is this exact process, this ‘’ritual de lo habitual’’ that manifests inconspicuously throughout the ten beautiful songs that Sissi offers in this album.
Her lyrics, nine out of ten in her native greek language, are humble manifestations of the miracle of life, the troubles of love, the thoughts that span through a human mind while performing simple tasks, educated by her love and natural inclination to poetry, read like small vignettes, or marginalia notes on a diary that is of constant flux.
Recorded, mixed and produced by Sissi alone, in her Athens’ home, using a spartan but powerful instrumentation of harp, a Prophet synthesizer, and first and foremost her intimate and enchanting voice,
‘Aporia’ stands out with its simplicity and familiarity, like a page out of a diary, shared with a blush and a witty smile.

Text by Jay Glass Dubs


Written, performed, recorded, produced and mixed by Sissi Makropoulou
Mastered by Mathieu Savenay
Graphic design by Victor Verhelst

Thank you: Michalis, Bernd, Maria- Christina, Charis, my cuz, Nikolió, Pantelis, some specific greek islands, my studio window and of course Dimitris Papadatos- the most beautiful song I have ever heard.
To you Δ.

Local Suicide “Agapi” feat. Sissi Rada

Release: May 13, 2022 / Iptamenos discos


Local Suicide announce their long awaited debut album ‘Eros Anikate’ which will be released May 13th, 2022 via their own label Iptamenos Discos. The title translates to ‘love invincible’ and draws influence from a play written by Sophocles titled ‘Antigone’.

The album holds true to the duo’s ‘technodisco’ sound that the couple has become so well known for and showcases their signature style of blending a retro feeling with a modern twist. In usual Local Suicide fashion, the duo’s debut album showcases tongue in cheek modern-day circumstances, mystical adventures, and moody baselines; all tied up with the promises of happy endings. You can instantly hear that this album comes from the duo’s hearts. Inspired by the travels and experiences they encountered throughout the pandemic, it’s also a love letter to the friends they met during their career – some of which are also featured on the album: Lee Stevens, Curses, The Hidden Cameras, Sissi Rada, Skelesys, Theus Mago, Hard Ton, Kalipo & Greek new wave legend Lena Platonos.

Sissi Rada “Nanodiamond”

Release: November 19, 2021/ KRYPTOX records


“Nanodiamond” comes out with guest vocals by Lena Platonos and co-production by Brian Eno and Andi Toma of Mouse on Mars. A futuristic musical work that combines the sweet melancholy of the classical harp with subtle electronic soundscapes.

All tracks composed and produced by Sissi Rada except:
Track 2 produced by Max Trieder
Tracks 5,6 composed and produced by Max Trieder
Track 10 composed and produced by Brian Eno
Tracks 4,11 produced and mixed by Andi Toma
Tracks 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,12,13 mixed by Max Trieder

Guest musicians:
Nektarios Stamatelos on ancient flutes (tracks 4,5)
Raplh Heidl on sax (tracks 4,8)
Guido de Flaviis on sax (track 9)
Georg Wendt on cembalo (track 12)

Cover Photo by M.Koropoulis/C.Caravatellis

Sissi Rada “Pragma”

Release: November 25, 2016/ Inner Ear


It took two years to compose and produce “Pragma”, which is the answer to her self released split EP “Personae”, released in 2013. The recordings took place in Berlin and Athens with her permanent collaborator and producer, Max Trieder. The album features guest appearances from artists who have contributed in many ways to the identity of SIssi Rada: Camerata Athens Quartet, Sergiu Nastaza (solo violin), Niklas Lutterbach (soundscape) and Florian Bitzer, Sebastian Meyer and Constanze Trieder (wind instruments).

This thematic album is an attempt to highlight the sensitivity of the things that surround us. It deals with the universal word “pragma” and its various uses and delves into the psychic bond of modern man with symbols, symbolism and referentiality. Bilingual lyrics underline the multi-culture of the times and the common words our unisexual root. Music-wise, it is hard to describe the sound of Sissi Rada for the reason that pop, electronic and classical elements blend in a unique way to create an equally unique genre.

Sissi Makropoulou: composition, lyrics, harp, voice
Maximiliam Trieder: composition, guitar, bass, keys, production
Tom Krause: drums

Guest Musicians:

  • Athens Camerata’s Quartet, Constanze Trieder – flute (track 1)
  • Florian Bitzer – trombone, Sebastian Meyer – trumpet (track 2)
  • Athens Laurentiu Quartet , Sergiu Nastasa – 1st violin, Otilia Atilei – 2nd violin, Laurentius Matarasu – viola, Christopher Humphrey – cello (track 4)
  • Niklas Lutterbach – soundscape (track 6)
  • Sergiu Nastasa – violin, Constanze Trieder – blockflute and a real musician wren (track 10)

Produced and Mixed by Maximilian Trieder @ dasher, Berlin
Drums recorded @ Emil-Berliner-Studios, Berlin
Strings recorded @ the New Fab Liquid studio, Athens
Mastered by Henning Birkenhake @ Eastside Mastering, Berlin

Artwork by Michalis Paraskakis

Sissi Rada “Personæ”

Release: September 2, 2013/ self-released

Format: Split VINYL/ DIGITAL, limited edition

All tracks composed by Sissi Makropoulou and Max Trieder

Musicians: Philip Krause (drums), Max Trieder (guitar, bass), Sissi Makropoulou (harp, voice)

Guest musician: Daníel Friðrik Böðvarsson (solo guitar)

Produced and mixed by Max Trieder

Cover by Michalis Paraskakis