On “Nigunim” Bastarda lead us through their world with profound reverence, far away from the profane, maintaining the narrative potential of the nigunim. Yet the most important thing is that they are able to convey the full emotional load of this timeless music in their own inimitable style.
“Processions” is a contemplative journey through folk music, a lesson in deep and close listening. Because you do have to listen closely to it, capture the sounds, their details, try to discern all the hidden layers. It’s an invitation to deep listening: this is escapist music, you have to let it play out, catch your ear in a trance
Last weeks saw the release of two records that may serve as a brilliant example here. Llovage is a peculiar amalgam of ideas and sounds, whose range of uses is as broad as that of the title herb, whereas Black Myths are all about reflecting the emotions, revolt and anger of the African American community through music.
Jaimie Branch follows the path marked out on her first album, but adds new horizons to the picture. Her sophomore work is a fascinating collection of vivid and spontaneous reactions to the surrounding reality: whether encountered in the rehearsal room, in a concert situation, or on the geopolitical scene.