Kkisméttin is the first solo album of Antonis Antoniou, founder and driving force behind the award- winning bands Monsieur Doumani and Trio Tekke. In his native Greek-Cypriot tongue, Antoniou blends together soundscapes and textures he has accumulated during the course of his adventurous musical journey: from classical music to jazz, rock, traditional, experimental and sound art. The Middle Eastern melodies of the lute (one of Cyprus’s main traditional instruments) resonate with analogue synthesizer glides and edgy guitar riffs, pushing the boundaries and forming a distinct contemporary musical mosaic. The barrels lining the divided city of Nicosia across its buffer zone literally become musical instruments, providing the album’s rhythmic bedrock and creating a rusty/grimy quality. The album was created during the unprecedented lockdown enforced in Cyprus as a measure against the spread of Covid-19. During the initial period of confinement that lasted two months, many people felt suffocated behind closed doors. For some, including Antoniou, the enforced confinement also served as a reminder of the limitations to their freedom of movement and to other fundamental freedoms that have long existed in their divided country. There, and in particular in Nicosia, where Antoniou lives, streets have been forcibly cut into two by rows of concrete-filled barrels, placed there by the ghosts of the past. These barrels represent political agendas, but they also reflect the effects of blind nationalism, which does not allow Cypriots to enjoy the beauty of their island. Viewed on a more symbolic level, these rows of barrels could be seen as material expressions of alienation between people, chasms and corruption in society.