So what have we here? A 30 minute EP of Eastern European folk music, that's what! Tempted? You should be.
This EP is essentially a collaboration between the eccentric accordian/violin duo A Hawk and a Hacksaw and a Hungarian folk outfit named The Hun Hangar ensemble. The music they have created together is a joy to behold.
From the very opening of the CD the instrumentation and standard of musicianship is utterly splendid. We have trumpets, tubas, fiddles, clarinet and accordian, often played at dizzying speeds. Foot-stomping tune after foot-stomping tune is churned out, all minor chords and exhilirating tempo changes. I played this to my mother at a family Sunday lunch and she was entranced - expressing a desire to get up and dance around the kitchen!
The 8 tunes here are pretty much flawless, and played with a lot of love. My current personal faves are "Oriental Hora", a sinister accordian waltz, and "Romanian Hora and Bulgar", which mutates from a downtempo funereal lament into a thigh-slapping wedding party fiddle-fest! Music to get your heart beating,folks.
This is doubtless the best thing A Hawk and a Hacksaw have released thus far. Where on previous releases their music was always interesting but seemed to go off on too many tangents, THIS is a coherent body of work. It's also riotously entertaining! If you are curious enough to be reading this review, I implore you to make a purchase. And make it quick! - This is an extremely limited release.
TRULY EUPHORIC MUSIC.