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Welcome to the Real World
on 3 July 2013
An interesting mix of electronica and world music from Real World Records, which was established by WOMAD and Peter Gabriel over 30 years ago to help talented artists from around the world get international audiences. After a relaxing introduction with Window Seat from Portico Quartet, you get a pounding electronic track, Shadowman from Afro Celt Sound System, which wouldn't sound out of place in some action movie soundtrack. Charlie Winston's I Love Your Smile is a jazzy ballad which sounds like Supertramp with a muted trumpet. He sings a bit like Chris Martin too.
We get some straight forward indie rock from Black Swan effect with Winter Sun, and Hear me cry is a mellow instrumental with stabs of harmonica and acoustic guitars in washes of delay. Yungchen Lhamo has a plaintive song with with acoustic rhythms and shimmery electronically treated guitars. Maryam Mursal brings in a funky bass rhythm and a string section for Kufilaw (Take Care). Speaking in Tongues 1 and Excuse me are acappella performances, the first a percussive sounding piece that may or may not be actual lyrics by Sheila Chandra, the second is passionate song from Papa Wemba. Sevara Nazarkhan closes the sampler with Yor-Yor (Song to the Bride) which progress from its simple flute and percussion to full fledged song with an engaging melody line on a Dutar.
If you like electronica, world music or any sort of meditative songs with interesting textures and rhythmic ideas, it's worth checking this out.