Thursday, February 27, 2014
Uncle Tupelo, a trio based near St. Louis, Missouri, released their first album, No Depression, in 1990. When I stumbled into the "insurgent country" sound of Whiskeytown, Freakwater, and the Drive-By Truckers, my musical world was changed for the better. And now there is a new reissue, the "Legacy Edition," with even more demo material. I absolutely love No Depression, even going so far as to claim it as an essential recording that everyone should hear at least once. But as much as I'd like to, I can't find anything in this edition to embrace.
Read my full review of No Depression - Legacy Edition on +RootsWorld.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Blues from Elsewhere has lots of elsewhere, a little bit of blues, a whole lot of klezmer, and some plain old rock and roll. There's accordion along with Nashville-style guitars, twangy jaw harps, soaring clarinets and saxophones, and a fair share of banjos, mandolins, and bouzoukis. Most of these are are played by +koby israelite himself. Instrumentation and styles change throughout the album, and even within individual songs. Labeling this music seems impossible.
Read my full review of Blues from Elsewhere on +RootsWorld.
Friday, January 24, 2014
There are the old sounds: old instruments like shawms and lyres; percussion and song that reminds one of Native American drum circles; singing in parallel fifths something akin to Gregorian Chant.... There are the new sounds: electric bass; Irish bouzouki; intricate harmonies. Krauka performs what they call Viking music on their recording Gjörningur.
Read my full review of Gjörningur, on +RootsWorld.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
The Danish ensemble +Dreamers Circus presents A Little Symphony. On this recording the trio is joined by a larger cast of artists, including the European Traveling Brass Carnival and the +The Danish String Quartet. The direct connection between the Danish String Quartet and Dreamers' Circus is violinist Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen who plays with both ensembles as well as the +Copenhagen Phil.
Read my full review of A Little Symphony, on +RootsWorld.