Friday, January 28, 2011

CD Review: Stepanida Borisova's 'Impressio'

Stepanida Borisova

Yakut-singer hailing from Russia, Stepanida Borisova is cultural purveyor of songs from Yakutia, a republic in Eastern Russia. Impressio is an album that fuses folk with rock and throat-singing. The songs are quite contemporary in sound, but remain largely traditional in spirit. The songs are sung in Yakutia, but liner notes are provided in English and Russian, too. Track 5 is an especially intriguing rock ballad. While, Track 7 resembles a classic psychedelic tune to come out of Southeast Asia. A range of songs, styles, and sounds make Impressio an impressive release. ~ Matthew Forss

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