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View Poll Results: Vote for an album before Sept 30
Last Chance for Hako Yamasaki 0 0%
Valravn 1 33.33%
Ali Farka Touré + Ry Cooder 0 0%
Mamani Keita 1 33.33%
Spires that in the Sunset Rise 1 33.33%
Nico 0 0%
Ofra Haza 0 0%
Fred Neil 0 0%
Sibylle Baier 0 0%
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:47 AM   #1 (permalink) to hear...
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Default Vote for a FAIR album before Sept. 30

Every two weeks the Folk And International Roots Album Club will vote for an album that they will listen to and discuss in the coming weeks.
Anyone can vote in this poll, but if you vote, please follow through and be ready to discuss whichever album wins the poll.
These are the candidates to choose from :-

Originally Posted by Conan View Post

Hako Yamasaki - Tsunawatari

This is an album by Japanese singer/songwriter Hako Yamasaki. Strikingly beautiful, melancholic, and not in English. This record employs some of the standard 1970s studio tricks, but for the most part, it's a true folk record featuring just the artist and her guitar.
^ This album has appeared in four polls, but it hasn`t proved very popular so far, so let`s give it one LAST CHANCE; if it doesn`t win in this poll, it won`t get included again, ok ? So it`s now or never for Ms. Hako Yamasaki ! Are you going to show her some love ?

Originally Posted by Petula07 View Post

Koder Pa Snor by Valravn

I have for you some new version of folk, there exists even name for this genre - folktronic.
Valravn is band from Denmark and Faroe Islands, they combinate traditional folk instruments with electronic music. I enjoy music with non-english lyrics, it's fresh change.
Unique sound and when it comes to live concert, they create evening full of energy. Their live playing was one of the best concerts I have ever seen.
It's folk for open-minded music freaks so I love this album from start to finish.

Originally Posted by fazstp View Post

Talking Timbuktu - Ali Farka Touré & Ry Cooder (1994)

This one's new to me but sounds promising.
Originally Posted by Ashbery View Post
I'll throw out a nomination for one album that'll definitely be a contender for my album of the year .

Mamani Keita - Gagner l'argent français (Working for French Money), 2011

Mamani Keita's 3rd solo album is another extension of her expert fusion sensibilities. On Gagner l'argent français, she mixes traditional Malian folk music with western rock, funk, and electronic styles. Each of the 10 songs has an undeniably unique personality, granted in no small part by Keita's own vocal style. While she sticks closely to the traditional west-African chanting that's common in her culture, she also augments it at times to fit the eclectic blend of sounds that she fronts on this album.

Perhaps most importantly, Gagner l'argent français is an album that celebrates diversity. I have not found an official lineup for the album, though the sheer number of instruments from different cultures that can be heard throughout is a testament to this. Though it covers a lot of ground, the heart of this music comes from Africa and is an expression of Malian culture. Fun fact: Since Mamani Keita is Malian royalty, the caste system in her country technically forbids her from making music. She is the sister of the "golden voice of Africa," Salif Keita, who broke this taboo many years ago, and she naturally followed suit. I like the think the world is better off for it.

Originally Posted by Jack Pat View Post

This Is Fire (2006) by Spires That in the Sunset Rise

This Is Fire, Spires That in the Sunset Rise's most accessible album, is not only a great entry point for the band (an all-female one at that), but also free folk and avant-folk. Of course, I use the term "accessible" lightly mainly due to the fact that this album is still very experimental... Squeaky/beautiful violins, ominous guitar playing, and vocals similar to that of The Raincoats and (occasionally) the almighty Comus. This band is slowly becoming one of my favorite folk artists... along with Big Blood, Jandek, and Bert Jansch, and I hope we all get a chance to listen and discuss it in the future.
Originally Posted by Jack Pat View Post

Desertshore (1970) by Nico

You probably know of this album... So I won't say too much about it. It's experimental, folky, dark, drone-like, and it has very unique female vocals. I'll finish on a few quick notes: she's not tone-deaf (like many claim), she has the most interesting solo career out of all the other Velvets (in my opinion), and this album isn't completely murdered by her harmonium playing (such as in a few of her previous releases).
Originally Posted by Moshe View Post


From the late Nineties, this was Ofra's attempt to reach an international market without abandoning her Israeli Mizrachi roots.
A gorgeous album, IMO. Ofra Haza passed away of Aids related illness.
Originally Posted by fazstp View Post
Let's see, how about;

Fred Neil (1966) by Fred Neil

^ If you haven`t heard of this guy, you`ll soon be wondering why ; a neglected talent from the Greenwich Village folk scene.

Originally Posted by fazstp View Post
Colour Green by Sibylle Baier (Recorded 1970-73, released 2006)

^ “ Haunting, intimate, fragile“ are the words that turn up elsewhere on the internet to describe an album which is far removed from the usual commercially-inspired exercises. Don`t miss fazstp`s info on the dates: this album was apparently recorded at Sibylle`s home, just for private circulation, and was only released 35 years later, at her son`s insistence. Can`t get much better Folk credentials than that.

Well, here we go then, nine very interesting options here, so let`s get voting !
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This poll has had about 94 visitors, but a rather poor turn-out has delivered a grand total of only 3 votes, making for a three-way tie.

To me, this is the fairest thing to do : Which of the three winners has been a candidate for the longest time ? Answer, Valravn.
So that`ll be our selected album for this week.
If you want to join in, listen to the album and look for a discussion thread, which`ll open up on Oct. 7.
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