Monday, January 31, 2011

CD Review: Karelia's Va-Ta-Ga

Mikuliny Gory

Led by vocalist, aerophone player, and musical saw maestro, Aleksandr Leonov, Va-Ta-Ga blends traditional folk elements from the Republic of Karelia (Russia) with modern electronic elements. The music is not especially busy, which provides an easy listening experience. The Russian lyrics are present on some of the songs, but they are not particularly the main performance of the album. The music touches on fusion, ambient, avant-garde, folk, and shamanic styles. Fans of Siberian/Russian folk, Scandinavian music, and world fusion will find happiness in this music. Liner notes in Russian and English. ~ Matthew Forss

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