The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices Featuring Lisa Gerrard Pora Sotunda
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They are of varying ages; they are mothers, daughters, sisters and perhaps a few grandmothers in the lot. They seem pleasant, perhaps even a little unassuming, but that would be deceptive.
But right after that what was once the Eastern Block ceased to exist, governments changed, funding disappeared and the choir members had to find other jobs to support themselves.
Most of the time you have multi-layer a capella arrangements. You can imagine it like this: different parts of the choir create the background music to which the main vocalist sings.
The album is consequently named after The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices Featuring Lisa Gerrard Pora Sotunda flower that grows between solid rocks or in its cracks. Some of the albums tracks are fully original pieces, others are based on folklore songs and dances with original material added. There are similar ensembles in every country of the Balkans, not necessarily all-female though. While their music sounds similar, every country has their own traditions and songs, and no other ensemble from the region has managed to attracted that much attention so far or to win over a world-famous vocalist like Lisa Gerrard.
My favourite track by far and the masterpiece of the album is Pora Sotundathe second track. You absolutely need to give this a listen. Prophecy Productions.
Thirty years old but essentially timeless, it was very much a solemn soul search of an album, just curvy overlaps of voice to the sparse flickers of instrumentation. That vocal dexterity fleshed out on percussive patterings and licks of ornamental guitar that imbue a very Moroccan desert feel, all sun spattered and silky, then flicked in a toe-pointed spangle of flamenco. This spiralling lightness from the collective nomadically twining it helix-like SOUL What Is It a gypsy succubus serenades within.
BooCheeMish mines a cinematic sense of space that scenically paints your closed eyes in curves of polyphonic bliss. It has occasion to get funkster, then nibbles an Aranos -like sashay that effectively The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices Featuring Lisa Gerrard Pora Sotunda off the page to lullaby back in reflective ransom.
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