Top of the World albums: Songlines #136 (April 2018)

Posted on February 28th, 2018 in News, Recent posts by .

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the April 2018 issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #136.

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Afrika Mamas 
Iphupho: A Cappella from South Africa
ARC Music
The joyful title-track from the South African six-piece’s fourth album is by Ntombi Lushaba. It translates as ‘The Dream Song’ and reflects her wish to take their music to the world.
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Sam Reider
Too Hot to Sleep
Sam Reider
An accomplished debut album from accordionist and pianist Sam Reider, supported by a group of young firebrands, the Human Hands. This track has a Gypsy jazz vibe about it.
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I’m With Her
See You Around
After much anticipation, super trio Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan and Sara Watkins finally release their debut of hair-raising harmonies, stunning songwriting and instrumental skill.
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This Toronto-based vocal quartet present music from across the Middle East and Balkans. Guest instrumentalists improvise flawlessly over haunting vocals.
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Chris Stout & Catriona McKay
Bare Knuckle
Bare Knuckle Records
Opening an entirely instrumental album, this striking track showcases the warmth of the musical interplay between Stout’s fiddle and McKay’s Scots harp.



Mad Minute Music
Ballaké’s virtuosic kora, the resonant oud of Driss El Maloumi and Rajery’s laid-back valiha (Malagasy zither) unite to create an enchanting, masterful album.
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The Transports
A Tale of Exile and Migration
Hudson Records
Sean Cooney sings this haunting ballad of love and separation, joined by some of the finest names in folk for the revival of Peter Bellamy’s 1977 work.
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Erlend Apneseth Trio
The traditional meets the synthetic on this abstract album from Norwegian Hardanger fiddler Apneseth. ‘Undergrunn’ begins with an old-time feel, quickening at the entrance of a ritual drum.
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Ross Ainslie
Great White Records
Indian and Eastern European influences underpin this album from the Scottish multi-instrumentalist, which celebrates the sanctuary offered by music.
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Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird
The Butcher’s Share
Oriente Musik
This track is one of many thought-provoking songs reflecting on Jewish history. It’s klezmer with boundless energy and respect for tradition.
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Pick up the April 2018 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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