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An enjoyable 13 and a half minutes, intense, beguiling and rich with subtle arranging. Strong horns keep the energy up, the time never weighs heavy.
The track Divinities of the Earth and the Waters is the title and opening track of the new album of the same name (released in May 2018, PDV records and recorded in 2016 and 2017). The title track starts as a response to Stravinsky's Exoticist Slavism and further explores South Slavic polyrhythms in a "festive" atmosphere. It starts as a festivity of the bringer of spring, Jarilo, Zleni Jura, and further talks about witches, real and unreal. The album further delves deeper into the idea of ceremony, finishing in a funeral ceremony (check the track Forgiveness Day). Solos by Sam Warner, trumpet and John Macnaughton, alto saxophone. Vocals Maja Rivic, Anabela Baric.
1. Divinities of the Earth and the Waters, 2. Colonnade beneath the World, 3. She Sow Wheat, 4. Pantheon, 5. Enter the Yadhe (bonus, vinyl only), 6. Song of Sorrow, 7. Child, 8. Forgiveness Day
Maja Rivić; vocals, Anabela Barić; vocals, Laima Ivule; vocals, Sylvia Schmidt; vocals, Andy Hall; trumpet / flugelhorn, Sam Warner; trumpet / flugelhorn, Lilly Carassik; trumpet / flugelhorn, Tim Wearden; trumpet / flugelhorn, Owen Dawson; trombone, Hannah Dilkes; trombone, Chris Saunders; trombone, Thomas Kelly; tuba, Benjamin Kelly; sousaphone, Jason Alder; clarinet / baritone sax, Andrew Linham; clarinet / baritone sax, John Macnaughton; alto sax / clarinet; Andrew Liddell; alto sax / flute / soprano sax, Daniel Woodfield; tenor sax, Rob Milne; tenor sax / bass clarinet / flute, Seb Silas; soprano sax / baritone sax, Leon Røsten; piano / keys / el.guitar, Jamie Benzies; el.bass / doublebass, Tom Atherton; percussion, Harry Pope; drums, Tilé Gichigi Lipere; electronics, Leo Beslać; flute, Luka Čapeta; el.guitar, Thodoris Ziarkas; traditional Cretan lyra, Filip Novosel; traditional Croatian tamburitza, Mak Murtić; musical direction, composition, arrangement, lyrics and synths.
June 8, 2018
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