God Bless the Ottoman Empire has been stuck in my head for over a month... People get together/
That look like them//
They love each other/
And grow old together//
People grow old together/
That look like them//
Sick of the other/
But they need/
One another //
On repeat FOREVER. Thanks, brain.
this is pure balkan music (there's little experimentation but overall it's balkan style). if they're an independent band then mark it as "indie", other discussions make no sense. it's balkan music and I should know I've been living here for 22 years now.
For anyone who likes the weirdness of early A Hawk and a Hacksaw (I'm thinking largely of "Darkness at Noon") should try Zelwer/Jean-Marc Zelwer/La Kumpania Zelwer. I find his music a good pair to much of A Hawk and a Hacksaw. I would start with "La Fiancee Aux Yeux De Bois" or "Daissa".
Can I just say Brilliant show at The Space Gallery this Monday. It was the best way to start my week dancing to your music. Such a powerful and wonderfully talented musicians. Honestly your show was so moving and I can not say enough how wonderful this band is!
since i'm from balkan, i can say it they sound too "balkan" actually, it would be better if they ease off a bit and add more western or pop sound too it. also the fact that they are americans doesnt change a bit, they would fit just fine in any of the gypsy "orchestra" bands like Goran Bregovic's etc.
i tend to tag this sort of thing indie-folk, and music from the balkan region, tag balkan. i don't see anything inferior about indie-folk - i love it specifically in some ways, eg certain connotations of wanderlust/escapism - but i've heard ripplings of this debate before, with definite pejorative tone towards it, as being some sort of western plastic sham. i find that annoying
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@Buhajj, I do see the point you make, but I rather think these american fusion bands are like a platform for people to discover new (or old) musical styles. The transition is a little more subtle that way.
I love their music, melodies rhytms emotions are there alright. But don't like when the guy sings - it's pretentious,cutsy thing, like the Old World seen from across the Big Ocean. I agree with the comment that "american balkan is not balkan. beirut is not balkan. A Hawk and a Hacksaw is not balkan. It's a new genre."
Are you guys not afraid that the cuter they get the more is the risk their music is vacuum-packed ready for consumption for Western audiences? Just a thought.