April 17, 2006

Storsveit Nix Notles

After a few restful days away, I figured we'd get back into the swing of things with a really, really swinging group! Odd though it may seem, but the traditional-sounding Bulgarian sounds found on Storsveit Nix Noltes’ debut Orkideur Hawai (out now on Bubblecore) are not made by native Eastern Europeans. No, this gypsy troupe isn’t even from the continent—they’re from Iceland! Yeah, it’s a bit of a shock to learn that they’re not natives of the land from which their music originates, but it shouldn’t really change your opinion of the group or their music. Their music is earthy and natural, but most of all, it’s just joyous. Their music is happy and grand and loud and boisterous and is all the things you’d expect from gypsy music. From the light and lovely "Krepalka" to the epic "Blagoevgtad Region Oro," their music transcends the conventions of modern music, proclaiming the virtues of ancient styles with every single note. The band recently completed a US tour with Animal Collective, and reportedly, they blew the hipsters away every night. Good job!

Listen To: "Daichovo"

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