Top of the World albums: issue #125 (March 2017)

Posted on January 25th, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the March issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #125.

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Cassie and Maggie
The Willow Collection
Cassie and Maggie
Virtuosic fiddle playing and spirited vocals characterise this beautifully conceived album, centred on a theme of the willow tree. Full of Celtic sounds from both sides of the Atlantic.
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The Encounter of Vocal Heritage
A powerful collection of mostly a capella songs, representing the movement of people, multicultural collaborations and the process of mixing native traditions with new surroundings.
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Renata Rosa
A track steeped in Pernambuco folklore, anointed with subtle harmonic twists. Rosa’s genius lies in her ability to create sounds both old and new, ancestral and fresh. Enchanting.
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George Telek, David Bridie & Musicians of the Gunantuna 
A Bit Na Ta
Wantok Musik
The epitome of a successful collaboration – 26 tracks depicting the importance of music in history and culture.
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This album rocks as hard as anything the Touareg band have recorded. Power is provided by the tracks recorded in exile in the US, while the Moroccan sessions bring added poignancy.
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Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band
Big Machine
Topic Records
One of Carthy’s bold settings of a Broadside ballad, opening an album of big choruses, big sounds and a big, 11-piece band. A grand statement.
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Erik Aliana & Picket
Just My Soul
Buda Musique
Picket’s voice weaves in and out of Aliana’s expressive lead vocal; both are complemented by simple instrumental accompaniments played only by themselves.
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Ewan MacPherson
Shoogle Records
A track that takes no prisoners in its Eastern rhythms, this opens an album of many influences and instruments, superb musicianship and humour.
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Amira Medunjanin
World Village
Medunjanin’s pure-of-tone, impassioned vocals lead an intimate album of poised and powerful content. The stated aim is to pay tribute to five decades of traditional Bosnian music. Pure class.
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Black String
Mask Dance
Firmly Korean in character despite the inclusion of a Western electric guitar, this album is full of dynamic rhythms and textures. One of the most exciting groups in South Korea today.
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Pick up the March issue of Songlines to enjoy our Top of the World cover-CD, which contains tracks from each of the albums above. To find out more about subscribing to Songlines, visit:

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