For six decades the choir known as The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices has worked with various artists and delivered an ensemble of ancient and post-modern music based on the fact that human voice is an extremely versatile instrument. On the new venture “Pora Sotunda, a single that will be followed by a full length album next year, the choir joins forces with renowned vocalist Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance to lead the listeners through an enchanted sonic realm.
On “Pora Sotunda” exotic and archaic flavors evoke distant magical soundscapes with the addition of subtle tribal percussions and soft arpeggios while Lisa Gerrard as lead vocalist delivers an inspired performance adding darker yet absolutely warm tonalities.
“Ganka” impresses with the minimalist yet empowering sounds that the choir seem to achieve effortlessly with mystical arcane chants.
Those looking for a unique sonic experience and willing to keep an open mind will certainly benefit from the uniquely fascinating music journey that is “Pora Sotunda”.
Named after a majestic active volcano Icelandic duo Katla, featuring ex-Sólstafir drummer and visual artist Guðmundur Óli Pálmason and singer/multi-instrumentalist Einar Thorberg Guðmundsson, has released the stunning debut album “Móðurástin” packed with a remarkable taste for poetry and fascinating darkly atmospheric soundscapes.
Starting with delicate arpeggios “Hyldýpi” belongs to a realm of enchanting darkness as the whole instrumentation gradually acquires heavier dynamics with thick guitars and drums yet maintains a surreal atmospheric quality smoothly entwined with somber passionate vocals.
With significant instrumental clarity “Hvila” features a refined blend of cathartic guitar melodies and classical atmospheric arrangements yet some sophisticated dark metal nuances tend to dominate the song’s structure with vibrant distortions and sharp rhythmic patterns without sacrificing the ethereal inner poetry.
In the beginning “Hreggur” feels rather contemplative with a minimalist sonic approach reminiscent of modern post-rock dynamics that favors slow paced melodies while impeccable poignant vocals gently flow through bewitching atmospheric layers but guitars will eventually acquire a primordial obscure energy with absolutely fierce heavier & faster rhythms.
The title track evokes subtle majestic winter flavors and gains a noticeable primal monolithic force delivering a fair dosage of blackened intensity with tight frenetic rhythmic dynamics skillfully built by obscure guitar riffs and borderline enraged vocals but also features kaleidoscopic glimpses of an immensely darkened scenario.
With understated creative sparks “Dulsmál” is the darkest opus on this album featuring intricate sonic diversity as the band eagerly explores multifaceted music territories. The dramatic tonalities and the enigmatic solemn beginning introduce a particularly epic series of complex guitar driven rhythmic sections with enticing experimental accents while cinematic dense atmospheric layers contribute to the creation of a gloomy sonic palette further enriched by exquisitely darkened melancholic guitar passages.
It could be because of the long dark winters or the summer’s midnight sun, nevertheless the marvelous bands hailing from Iceland are a force to be reckoned with and listening to “Móðurástin” it becomes clear that Katla is on the right pathway to earn a solid status in the current metal scene.
When poetry and music embrace usually something unexpectedly beautiful comes to life. In the case of the extremely talented Italian neofolk/neoclassical ensemble Camerata Mediolanense the magical beauty characterizing the newest release “Le Vergini Folli” is actually expected and easily appreciated.
As all the songs on “Le Vergini Folli” “Lacrime Di Gioia” focuses mainly on the creation of darkened atmospheres through layered classical tonalities that allow graceful vocals to take the center stage. The stunning dreamlike composition is further enhanced by minimalist piano melodies, intensely theatrical narratives and elegant strings.
On “Scrissi Con Stile Amaro” the impeccable performance of piano and voice acquires a deserved dominant role with a crescendo of melancholic classical textures while violins deliver additional refined poetic vibes.
“Mi Vuoi” might be one of the most charismatic tracks featuring an intoxicating ensemble of lavish piano and strings melodies while vocals continue to display a delightfully dramatic delivery through an irresistible emotional and rhythmic climax.
On “Pace Non Trovo” the addition of baritone vocals amplifies the theatrical neoclassical mood and delicate piano flawlessly provides understated melodic tapestries.
Like an operetta “Quando ‘L Sol” showcases a symphonic approach with genuinely sophisticated soprano vocals accompanied by an exquisitely fascinating piano composition in proper classical style but also maintains a subtle darkened mood.
Simply enchanting is what comes to mind listening to “Le Vergini Folli” which, far from being an average collection of songs, feels more like an arcane dream fueled by forgotten poems and fragile emotions and carefully crafted by the impressive group of chamber musicians behind Camerata Mediolanense.