by Caryn Havlik —
It's the latest installment of the chronicles of withholding-from-John-Schaefer from the New Sounds Staff. With so much time since the last taunting, that means more things have been able to pile up on the NSAPA desk (pictured, left) and, of course, more importantly, so much tasty music to be squirreled away until the September harvest!
Let's begin with the unique and tasty combination of Nordic fiddle, West African harp, and danceable percussion. The staff seems to have made it her mission to find and strongly suggest as much music incorporating the African lute-harp as possible, because, who doesn’t love kora?
Ellika Solo Rafael merges the duo* of Swedish folk fiddler Ellika Frisell and Senegalese kora player and griot Solo Cissokho with Mexican percussionist Rafael Sida on the brand-new "NOW." And it’s simply killer. Here’s a sample from Country & Eastern’s site: "Sanka-Virrvals" AND here's the trio in concert with Sigge Krantz:
(*The duo had been part of a previous New Sounds show, thanks to a listener alert from Bill Snyder.)
Also in the cross-cultural collaboration vein, here’s a bit of music from Cairo, informed by Dakar by way of Montreal - LAND OF KUSH - “The Pit”
(available 1 October 2013 on Constellation)
Then, the very excellent Portico Quartet has some new music that just reached us via our Soundcloud feed. Squonky sax with a catchy descending hook, minimalistic piano, shreddy double-bass, wicked drumming, check. All of the hallmarks of some kickass instrumental chamber rock. Have at:
This tune, "Ay Hora" from the Malian blues artist Sidi Touré’s latest, “Alafia” (due out 9/17 on Thrill Jockey) is simply impressive in the face of the unrest and political instability in his homeland. The album’s title, which means “peace,” is a simple word that sums up an album of thematic complexities—joy, dialogue, reconciliation, multiculturalism, respect and the fight for a better society. Sidi Touré is in New York at the Highline Ballroom on 9/27 and at the BAM Cafe on 10/5 with Cedric Watson.
Also, please enjoy a B side from the Books. This is just one tune from a just-released two LP 45 track collection of B-sides, soundtracks, and altered-found treasures from 'The Books' from 2001 to 2012.
From the larger set of rarities: https://soundcloud.com/zammuto/sets/music-for-a-french-elevator
AND, lastly, a mention for stuff that will probably never be aired on New Sounds; it’s going to be so so easy to love the forthcoming record by Augustines, if everything feels as grand and joyous as this track. Really looking forward to this record, coming in early 2014.