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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: International
    Huun Huur Tu - Ancestors Call

    Huun Huur Tu - Ancestors Call

    Huun Huur Tu
    Ancestors Call
    Label: World Village

    The 4 man Tuvan supergroup has rounded up another herd of musical exports filled with their amazing throat singing whistles, warbles, drones, hums, groans, and other quirks. Mesmerizing traditional shepherd songs are contemporized and cultivated but manage to retain their distinct cultural colors and vibrancy.

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    Titans Eve - The Divine Equal

    Titans Eve - The Divine Equal

    Titans Eve
    The Divine Equal
    Label:

    I love thrash metal as much as anyone, but this throwback thrash quartet brings back all the things I don’t love about the music. Starting with the poor cover art, it continues with the cheesy logo and predictable song names. This group has cookie cutter repeat written all over them. I’m sure they worked hard on this, but to no avail, as I have seen and heard this hundreds and hundreds of times before.

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    Azam Ali - From Night to the Edge of Day

    Azam Ali - From Night to the Edge of Day

    Azam Ali
    From Night to the Edge of Day
    Label: Six Degrees

    Lullabies of love; lullabies of anguish; lullabies of rebellion, exile and awareness; such is the dichotomy of these Iranian, Turkish, Lebanese and Kurdish lullabies as presented by this amazing Iranian-born, Indian-raised vocalist. She connected with the spectrum of emotions behind lullabies when she gave birth to her son and realized the tumultuous world that he would be exposed to and live in.

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    Hindi Zahra - Handmade

    Hindi Zahra - Handmade

    Hindi Zahra
    Handmade
    Label: Blue Note

    Bursting with musical expression, this Moroccan born, Paris based artist is a whirlwind of talent and creativity. Gently, yet effortlessly floating along jazzy avenues filled with Arabic sounds that are a juxtaposition of rhythmic flavors from East and West, she brandishes her vocal wit with each soulful guitar stroke.

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    Putumayo Presents - Rumba Mambo Cha Cha Cha!

    Putumayo Presents - Rumba Mambo Cha Cha Cha!

    Putumayo Presents
    Rumba Mambo Cha Cha Cha!
    Label: Putumayo World Music

    Get out your dancing shoes and get ready to strut your stuff! This time around, Putumayo brings us 10 tracks by 10 different artists descended from the Cuban family tree to celebrate the increasing popularity of traditional Latin dancing music and show off their universal appeal.

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    Various Artists - Putumayo Presents World Christmas Party

    Various Artists - Putumayo Presents World Christmas Party

    Various Artists
    Putumayo Presents World Christmas Party
    Label: Putumayo World Music

    Here’s a no-brainer. Twelve light hearted Christmas songs done with a global slant, giving you a chance to hear some seasonal music without it being the same old holiday musical drivel you have heard nearly a billion times. From Jamaica to Cape Verde, they wish you a Merry Christmas.

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    Systema Solar - System Solar

    Systema Solar - System Solar

    Systema Solar
    System Solar
    Label: Chusma Records

    These guys throw down when they party in Columbia. Colliding a countless number of influences, ranging from scratch and hip hop, to dance, to spacey electronica with Afro-Columbian and Latin traditions, makes for an album full of surprises and rhythmic diversity. Taking time to be visually colorful and striking is part of their charm. Live, they present a powerful well rounded and innovative experience. (9)

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    Atrocity - After The Storm

    Atrocity - After The Storm

    Atrocity
    After The Storm
    Label: Napalm Records

    One of my long time favorite experi-“metal” bands, this German group has explored many facets of musical and cultural heritage over the years. Their exploration continues by refining their folk fancies, expanding on their impressive song structure, and again including the amazing vocals of Yasmin (frontman Alexander Krull’s sister). Powerful, invigorating, and unique.

     

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    Brendan Perry - The Ark

    Brendan Perry - The Ark

    Brendan Perry
    The Ark
    Label: Cooking Vinyl

    When Dead Can Dance danced no more, the musical world was an emptier place. But there is hope once again. This key former Dead Can Dance member has unleashed a truly solo effort. He played every instrument, wrote all the lyrics, and recorded The Ark in his own amazing studio in Ireland. The result is a wonderfully haunting and dreamy gothic synth-scape, blissed by Perry’s compelling lyrics and stunning vocals.

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    Fonderia - My Grandmother’s Spacesuit

    Fonderia - My Grandmother’s Spacesuit

    Fonderia
    My Grandmother’s Spacesuit
    Label:

    An award winning Italian group, creating enticing improvisational electronica grounded in a prog rock underbelly. Musical constellations are filled with horns and fuzzy bass lines that melt into lunar jams in the universal rhythmic quagmire that defies description.

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    Sonia Brex - Naif

    Sonia Brex - Naif

    Sonia Brex
    Naif
    Label: Piranha Records

    Although classically trained at an Italian conservatory, she transplanted to Berlin and transformed her appeal into a delightful electro-ethno-pop filled with an erratic, eclectic and entertaining energy inspired by her home that spins into kitchy flashes of fun with an upbeat edge.

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    Danko Jones - Below The Belt

    Danko Jones - Below The Belt

    Danko Jones
    Below The Belt
    Label: Bad Taste Records

    Smack-ass Canadian hard rock with attitude, intensity, and great grooves. This well tested trio knows how to chew up the traumatic lessons of life and love that our existence hands out to us. Learn and grow from past problems and percolate them into great musical lessons for us all to learn from. Hold on, this one doesn’t stop.

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