Type of freestanding statue of a maiden (the female counterpart of the kouros) that appeared with the beginning of Greek monumental sculpture (circa 700 BC) and remained to the end of the Archaic period (circa 500 BC). Carved from marble and originally painted, the kore is a draped female figure standing erect with feet together or one foot slightly advanced. One arm is often extended, holding an offering; the other is lowered, usually clasping a fold of drapery. As in all Greek art, the kore evolved from a highly stylized form to a more naturalistic one. Its prototypes are found in Egyptian and Mesopotamian art.
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Kore. Ydro. is a rock/pop group from the Greek island of Corfu.
Their early output was as "no-fi" home recordings of trash aesthetics, peculiar live performances, unprocessed video clips and humorous short "films". Their self-produced official debut If All Ever Ended Here [An Ola Telionan Edo] was released in March 2003 by the Greek label Wipeout Records in a run of 515 copies. The free download-only mini album Seven Months Later [Efta Mines Meta] followed seven months later.
February 2004 saw the release of the first official Kore. Ydro. video - also produced by the group - for the song "Your Kindness" [I Kalossini Sou], the highlight of If All Eνer Ended Here.
Almost three years after the release of the critically acclaimed debut and after many postponements, Kore. Ydro. released a new album on a new label (Capitol/EMI), Cheap Pop for the Elite [Ftini Pop ya tin Elit] (Φτηνή ποπ για την ελίτ).
The album's title referred to the self-proclaimed "new post-erotic, post-christian, post-communist, post-progressive, post-post-punk manifesto" of the band. The album was recorded before the EMI contract in the group's home studio in Corfu by Pantelis, Alexandros and the three new members: drummer Alexis Apostolidis and the guitarists Spiros Spirakos and Nickos Varotsis, exempting Giorgos and Konstantinos from their musical obligations, for the benefit of their concentrated occupation with the artwork activities of the group, which was their primary subject from the beginning.
The record has received enthusiastic reviews by the Greek music press and the first single/video (produced and directed by the band) "No More Affairs" [Ochi Pia Erotes] is a hit.
In March 2006 the first live appearance of Kore. Ydro. in Athens (Gagarin 205) took place, while it had already been made official the collaboration of the group with bass player Panagiotis Diamantis, who directed the second video from Cheap Pop for the Elite, for the song "Now that I Do not Have Anyone" [Tora pou den Eho Kanenan] [published: 06.2006]. The band-directed video for “The Lovers of Nothing” [Oi Erastes tou Tipota] followed in November 2006, while in the same month, Cheap Pop for the Elite was named by music magazine SONIK (issue 22) “the most important Greek album of the decade up to now.” Kore. Ydro. live appearances climaxed precisely one year after the release of CPftE [15.02.2007] with their re-appearance in Gagarin 205 in front of a fanatic audience and with an impact that rendered the particular appearance a peak in the band's history.