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Nehéz – Meszecsinka

BLIMEY! Do you fancy some very intense Hungarian folk music? Meszecsinka have you covered.

I’ve embedded the whole album but I’m presenting to you the opening track Nehéz. Over the course of 5 minutes and 45 seconds, the song grows from a plaintive wail into an insistent, rocking drone, builds to a climax which sounds like a combination of Robert Plant’s yelps in Whole Lotta Love and Halle Berry accepting her Oscar. And then it gets more intense from there.

Meszecsinka are a really interesting band, who’ve been mixing up all manner of music traditions since 2009. The voice you hear is the sensational Annamari, who sings in seven languages and has such an incredible range of vocal textures and techniques. I would love to see this band live, and according to their website if I was in Sicily right now I could.

Meszecsinka have a website

Meszecsinka are on Bandcamp

Meszecsinka are on Soundcloud

 

Neshto Po-Dobro – Santra

This is an interesting one.

I was fully prepared to sing the praises of this track. I like how it sounds, it’s repetitive in a way that makes it catchy and I found myself attempting to sing along – all usually good signs.

I can’t honestly say I love the video, I’m not sure if it’s the YSL t-shirt and all the close ups on the bling or if it’s the way Santra is mugging at the camera but there’s something about it I’m not keen on. That said, you can’t always like the video to go with a good song!

Santra is a Bulgarian singer and this track is from 2013 so it’s not a new track and 2013 had a real mixture of highs and lows in pop music from Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines (eek, the less said the better) to Arctic Monkey’s – Do I Wanna Know? so I think it’s up to you, dear readers to decide where this one falls.

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Krasotata – Beloslava

We’re back in ASMR corner, but this time the beautifully recorded domestic tapping and clinking noises are enmeshed in a delightful slow jam by Beloslava, who is a Bulgarian jazz star.  This was a song I found on Bulgarian Digster, where it stood out amongst the oodles of really abrasive Bulgarian rap and freaky Chalga. She’s duetting with Elena Kokorska, who won Bulgarian X Factor 2, but I can’t spot Elena in the video.

I hadn’t seen the pansexually luscious, confusingly limbed video until I started prepping this post. It’s a little bit disconcerting, in the way that a conceptual art installation uses nudity and slightly askew sexual imagery to give your brain a little start. Artistic nudity. Probably NSFW to be honest.

But do put your best headphones on and enjoy the music.

Beloslava is on Soundcloud

Beloslava has a Facebook page