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View Poll Results: Vote for a FAIR album before June 30
Sainkho / Rothenburg 0 0%
Kath Bloom and Loren Connors 1 25.00%
Heliotrope 1 25.00%
Milton Nascimento 1 25.00%
Voix Bulgares 1 25.00%
Doudou N. Rose 0 0%
Baba Zula 0 0%
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Vote for a FAIR album before June 30

Every two weeks the Folk And International Roots Album Club votes 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.


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Sainkho Namtchylak & Ned Rothenberg - Amulet

Beautiful album consisting of saxophone (bass, I believe) and vocals from two musicians who truly know their instrument. It goes through an amazing field of textures in so little time and the two really complement one another.

^ This intriguing-looking album from Frownland hasn´t attracted much attention recently, so I think it´s time for it to be given its LAST CHANCE.

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Kath Bloom & Loren MazzaCane Connors - Restless Faithful Desperate & Moonlight

Some beautiful folk from an improvisational guitarist and a female folk singer. This is a two disc album that contains the first two albums of this duo. The songs are hauntingly emotional, mostly because of Bloom's vocals. Connors plays some good and somewhat noodly backgrounds to these songs that complement Bloom's style very well. I don't know if Connors is improvising or not, but it's a stunning product either way.


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I've been debating putting this one up for a while mainly because it is of more a classical bent but I figure you can't get much more international folk than medieval French troubadours.

Heliotrope - The Romance of the Rose (Feminine Voices from Medieval France) 1995

While the songs were sourced from 13th century texts the actual melodies on these recordings were kind of educated guesses as there was little musical notation from the period.




More info here: The Romance of the Rose
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Milton Nascimento - Clube de Esquina (1972)

Fifth album from Brazilian Milton Nascimento. Well technically it's a collective effort of "The Corner Club".



(Video features entire album apparently)
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Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares - Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir (1975, Reissued 1986 on 4AD/ 1987 in US)



Bulgarian Womens' Choir featured on Fly, Fly My Sadness. Thought I would finally check out the original album compiled by ethnomusicologist Marcel Cellier.
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Doudou Ndiaye Rose - Djabote

While the purely percussive tracks on this album can be a little homogeneous the vocal tracks are rather wonderful.


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Ruhani Oyun Havalari (or Psyche Belly Dance) by BaBa Zula (2003)


A pretty relaxed album by a band from Istanbul which waters down the intensity of traditional belly dance music with echoey, laid-back electronica. Nothing ground-breaking by today´s standards, but an agreeable listen if you´re not a purist.
Seven albums to choose from this week. Stephen still gets the special dispensation of voting for his own nomination if he wants, because over half the options are his.

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Looks like this poll has been all about Frownland´s nominations. Firstly, his Sainkho and Rothenburg album hasn´t survived its Last Chance week. (Now that Cenotaph and Skaligojura seem to have abdicated the throne, I think Frownland is the guy who promotes the weirdest music on MB.)

On the other hand, his Kath Bloom and Loren Conners nomination is this week´s winner, being the oldest candidate in a four-way tie. Let´s give Restless Faithful Desperate and Moonlight a listen so that we´re all bubbling over with opinions by July 7th, when there´ll be a thread dedicated to the album.

See someone there, I hope!
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