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The Way The Wind Blows [CD]

A Hawk and A Hacksaw, A Hawk and a Hacksaw Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: The Leaf Label
  • ASIN: B000HDR9KE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,856 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. In The River 5:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Way The Wind Blows 4:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Song For Joseph [Explicit] 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Fernando's Giampari 5:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. God Bless The Ottoman Empire 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Waltz For Strings And Tuba 2:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moldovan music as brought to you by.... 24 April 2007
By Mr. M. L. Hawes VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who has done the right thing and bought the Beirut album, Gulag Orkestar, should really make the effort and purchase this work as well. Whilst it is not nearly as poppy as the former, it is a really listenable piece of work encapsulating an area of the world that few of us have entered....Moldovan folk.

It does not have the immediacy of Beirut, but equally over time the listener is rewardede by a very original, wonderful piece of work that will transport you from your chair/train/car into the hills and traditional landscape of Moldova, with it's traditional people, living simple lives, gaining pleasure through the story telling abilities of their music, that probably has evolved far too slowly to require X factor to tell you who has the best voice, or silliest haircuts.

No, A Hawk and a Hacksaw have hatched a piece of work that will last aeons longer than anything from this current generation of pretenders....take the voyage and enjoy every note.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Let it blow 29 Aug 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Apparently being part of Beirut has had quite an influence on A Hawk and a Hacksaw. In third album "The Way the Wind Blows," this quirky Balkan-electro-psychfolk band gets even more into their sound... and by that, I mean less electro and psychfolk. Not typical Elephant 6 fare, but good.

It opens with "In the River," a swooning ballad crammed with accordion and horns... which changes tempo into an entirely different kind of song. It's followed by the title track, a bittersweet fiddle tune that wanders through the slow accordion tune. It sounds like a gypsy fiddler who got left behind, and is lamenting about it via music.

They continue that sound through the next song, only to burst into a raucous little dance number in the bouncy "Fernando's Giampari," and the urgent swirling "God Bless the Ottoman Empire," with its chorus of voices. There are tuba waltzes, yearning fiddle ballads, bouncy Balkan party tunes, and accordion foot-tappers.

Seriously, A Hawk and a Hacksaw has always been a bit of an oddball "Elephant 6er," even now that the collective has collapsed. Rather than fuzzy psychedelica or sparkling oddball tunes, this band veers more towards Eastern-European traditional sounds, with some keyboard mixed in.

And "The Way the Wind Blows" is probably the heaviest on traditional sounds, with keyboard and psychedelica minimized in favor of... accordion, male choruses, and swirling instrumentals. It's heady, earthy music, although it never stops being just a wee bit melancholy, even in the happier numbers.

Instrumentation is pretty straightforward -- lots of accordion and fiddle, by Neutral Milk Hotel percussionsist Jeremy Barnes (who is, I think, a little mad) and Heather Trost.
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4.0 out of 5 stars That's the way it blows 10 Nov 2006
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Apparently being part of Beirut has had quite an influence on A Hawk and a Hacksaw. In third album "The Way the Wind Blows," this quirky Balkan-electro-psychfolk band gets even more into their sound... and by that, I mean less electro and psychfolk. Not typical Elephant 6 fare, but good.

It opens with "In the River," a swooning ballad crammed with accordion and horns... which changes tempo into an entirely different kind of song. It's followed by the title track, a bittersweet fiddle tune that wanders through the slow accordion tune. It sounds like a gypsy fiddler who got left behind, and is lamenting about it via music.

They continue that sound through the next song, only to burst into a raucous little dance number in the bouncy "Fernando's Giampari," and the urgent swirling "God Bless the Ottoman Empire," with its chorus of voices. There are tuba waltzes, yearning fiddle ballads, bouncy Balkan party tunes, and accordion foot-tappers.

Seriously, A Hawk and a Hacksaw has always been a bit of an oddball "Elephant 6er," even now that the collective has collapsed. Rather than fuzzy psychedelica or sparkling oddball tunes, this band veers more towards Eastern-European traditional sounds, with some keyboard mixed in.

And "The Way the Wind Blows" is probably the heaviest on traditional sounds, with keyboard and psychedelica minimized in favor of... accordion, male choruses, and swirling instrumentals. It's heady, earthy music, although it never stops being just a wee bit melancholy, even in the happier numbers.

Instrumentation is pretty straightforward -- lots of accordion and fiddle, by Neutral Milk Hotel percussionsist Jeremy Barnes (who is, I think, a little mad) and Heather Trost. While there isn't much that's "psychedelic" about this music, it does seem to swirl and shimmer. And instead of typical vocals, the music is crammed with unintelligible chants, cheers and other such noises.

A Hawk and a Hacksaw continues to be the Balkan-psychfolk oddball, but it's fun to listen to. And "The Way the Wind Blows" is definitely worth hearing for anyone entranced by Beirut.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, melancholic, nostalgic 14 Jan 2013
By Gunnar Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am not a conoisseur in music, but I know what gets to my heart. This recording hits fully and beautifully. The general spirit of the disc is melancholic, accordion-based music with quite surrealistic choruses. I listened to it together with my mother, who attended a Jewish school in Mexico in the 1950s she immediately felt the sound of her early school plays.

Note that this group varies a lot between their recordings. This disc was published in 2006; I bought this one together with their 2004 "a hawk and a hacksaw". It is completely different: Also a very interesting record, but on a very very different, much more experimental spirit. I cannot recommend that other one as wholeheartedly as this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is another fun folk/international piece from my favorite alternative Eastern European/Turkish accoustic ... 13 Aug 2014
By E. J. Ford - Published on Amazon.com
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This album is another fun folk/international piece from my favorite alternative Eastern European/Turkish accoustic dance band. If that sounds crazy, you just have to try them out. Check out "God Bless the Ottoman Empire" from this album or "Gadje Sirba." Fun!
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