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Saz’iso
At Least Wave Your Handkerchief at Me (Glitterbeat Records)

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This eight-piece group from the mountains of southern Albania draw on a thrilling but little-known style called saze, accompanying ancient polyphonic folk songs with violin, clarinet, lute and percussion. Produced by the legendary Joe Boyd, it might be glib to call their music the ‘Albanian blues’ – but the effect is unworldly, mysterious, melancholy and haunting. A Top of the World in #133.

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