I ordered this the evening before it arrived, making this the fastest delivery ever [I bought it from The Art Palette, via Amazon]. The graphite stick arrived bubble-wrapped and in a box, so it was all in one piece. It's a good tool to have when sketching and drawing, and the service I received was top-notch.
I can't believe no-one has reviewed this before! I know very little about Jewish Eastern European music, but one thing I do know is that - at least going by Di Naye Kapelye - it is highly accomplished and highly passionate. The slow airs are heartfelt, the singing (which reminded me of Irish Sean Nós) is moving (considering the fate of the culture that created this style), but the more up-tempo numbers fizz with joy. This kind of music is for everyone, not just folk aficionados. I frequently play this album from start to finish. It's terrific stuff, and I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone!
Inspired by an Irish woman who became a Buddhist monk in Japan (her given name 'Soshin' has been written in Irish as 'Soisín'), this latest album finds Kíla in a much more introspective mood than the fast-paced 'Gambler's Ballet'. There are no lyrics to any of the songs beyond wordless calls and sighs, and there are found-sounds scattered throughout (a dog barks in the distance on one track). They also add to their increasingly wide range of instruments with objects, such as a squeaking gate (an idea more akin to Einsturzende Neubauten than an Irish folk group).
Kíla have made a well-deserved name for themselves as a group that revels in their Irish/Gaelic… Read more