Top of the World albums: Songlines #130 (August/September 2017)

Posted on July 18th, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the August/September issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #130.

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Strange Circles
GroundUP Music
This debut album is a diverse concoction of American grooves, Dallas funk and Guadeloupe’s folk music.
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Rubén González
Introducing… Rubén González
World Circuit
This expanded reissue of veteran pianist Rubén González’s original debut solo album gets a five-star review. Recorded in 1996 at the end of the Buena Vista Social Club sessions, it is a Cuban classic.
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The Book of Transfigurations
Songlines Recordings
This Vancouver duo – Julia Úlehla and Aram Bajakian – fuse material from old Moravian folk songs with their own radical new approaches.
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Ushers Island
Ushers Island
Vertical Records
Two generations of Ireland’s finest players comprise this group who came together at flute and pipes player Michael McGoldrick’s cottage in County Galway to record this superlative album.
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Tété Alhinho
Mornas ao Piano
Trem Azul
Tété Alhinho’s stunning voice makes it hard not to fall for this track, or the entire album. Having not recorded for ten years, this is a welcome return from the Cape Verdean star.
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Nikos Tsiachris
Galileo Music
One of the most refreshing and beautifully played albums of flamenco guitar to appear in a long time. Featuring plenty of fresh ideas, and a wonderful range of palos (flamenco styles).
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Nishtiman Project
Accords Croisés
A thrilling love song based on Kurdish traditions, ferociously paced and sung by vocalist Donya Kamali. Virtuosic displays on kamancheh, santur and percussion are plentiful on this album.
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A five-star review for this legendary trio, who have woven cunning musical spells together for nearly 30 years. This 17th album of polska-infused compositions is as fresh as if they were just emerging.
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Danyèl Waro
Buda Musique
His first album in seven years, this masterful record is essentially stripped down to the Réunionnais singer’s uniquely sharp voice, call-and-response chorus and percussion.
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Justin Adams
Adams’ rhythmic filigree guitar is complemented by Drecker’s captivating, varied vocals, inspired by Native American chants and Tuvan throat singing.
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Pick up the August/September 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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