Schall & Wahn by Tocotronic (Germany) – 2010
Schall und Wahn (Noise and Madness)
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Released in November, 2021 – Truly enjoyable record by the premier Italian rock artist.
Consisting of previously unreleased cover versions, the release of “DISCOVER” comes two years after Zucchero’s last studio album, “D.O.C.”. The record sees the singer strip down and rearrange a selection of iconic songs from the Italian and international music scene in his own inimitable style, drawing on his two main musical influences: the finest Italian melodic traditions and the deepest Afro-American roots.
There are exquisite collaborations with BONO in “Canta la Vita”, ELISA in “Luce (Tramonti a Nord Est)”, and MAHMOOD in “Natural Blues”, a new take on Moby’s version of Vera Hall’s “Trouble So hard”. The album also features an intense and emotional version of “Ho Visto Nina Volare”, in which Zucchero engages in a virtual duet with FABRIZIO DE ANDRÉ.
Get into the Christmas spirit with this excellent compilation of some of the best European Christmas carols and discover some new favorites with 21 selections of stunning music, choral works, and carols from France, England, Spain, and the Middle East.
Performers include an adult chorus, a children’s chorus, renowned soloists and instrumentalists, and members of the renowned Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble.
The title of the album is Esperanto for “the songs of our ancestors” and the track list of ‘Avo Kanto’ consists almost entirely of traditionals from all over Eastern Europe, ranging from melancholic songs like ‘Csi Lav Tu’ (Hungary), ‘Livisiani Mou Perdika’ (Greece/Turkey) and ‘Makedonsko Devojče’ (Macedonia), to festive dance tunes like ‘Krivo Sadovsko Horo’ (Bulgaria), the slightly psychedelic sounding ‘Raikos’ (Macedonia) or ‘Koje Li You Doba Noći’ (Serbia).
As a bonus, at the request of the band’s fans, the album concludes with ‘Lule Lule’, a song from Arbëreshë culture, an Albanian minority in southern Italy and Sicily, and the first song the band recorded back in 2015 after changing their name from Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra into Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra.
This is a powerful album with beautiful vocals and strong instrumentation. This is their first full album after two previous EPs (Scarlet Stories and Resurrection) and they show their maturity both in their composition and their performance.
A complex album halfway between Rock and Progressive Metal that requires only one listen to love it. Lisette van den Berg vocals are impressive and beautiful.
You can find it in most of the streaming places, including Spotify.
Daria Zawiałow is an extremely talented artist and one of the strongest voices on the Polish music scene. She is a songwriter and composer.
This is her second album and it gained the status of Gold Record just a few months after its release. All singles from the album were also covered in gold, and the most recognizable of them Hej, Hej for four weeks in a row was the most played song on the largest Polish radio stations.
Below is the YouTube video of Hej, Hej and Spotify link to the album.
With her mix of flamenco, pop, rap and urban sounds Rosalia won the 2019 Latin Grammy for best pop vocal album.
Born in Barcelona, this album is actually Rosalia’s graduate thesis for Cataluya’s College of Music, where she studied flamenco (they only accept one student per year) and music production.
The first single, “Malamente”, was a worldwide smash that mixes flamenco palmas (handclaps), pitos (finger-snapping) with a mysterious synth and her grainy alto voice that moves against the beat in a melodic hook that engages R&B in an irresistible combination.
The rest of the album is a display of her abilities as a singer, composer and producer making it full of tension, passion and creative ingenuity.
Give it a listen. Highly recommended.
Spotify Link below.
Angelit is a band of two sisters, Ursula and Tunni Lansman, that brings the musical tradition of the Sami (Laplanders or Lapps) people of northern Finland to the international stage.
This album combines Sami shamanistic chant with elements of mainstream music very successfully. A thrill for experimental and new age music lovers.
Here is the Spotify link to the album.
This album marks the exquisite ECM debut by the Elina Duni Quartet. The recording pays homage to Albania and finds a singer looking at her roots from a contemporary vantage point as a musician engaged in improvisational processes.
Below is the Spotify album.