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Boomkat Product Review:
Joining forces with her partner, Spanish musician Voctor Herrero, alt. folk queen Josephine Foster presents a freshly arranged rendering of Federico Garcia Lorca's popular folk song collection Las Canciones Populares Espanolas. The songbook was outlawed during Franco's dictatorship but had previously been recorded in 1931 by Argentinean flamenco dancer La Argentinita. The renditions laid down here are all characterised by a live, simply mic-ed sound that calls upon a wide variety of Iberian instruments including castanets, rociero drum and Portuguese guitar. The album credits reveal that Foster really got into the swing of things, singing and dancing her way through these pieces, as would presumably have been intended in their original context within Spanish folk tradition. The performances (laid down live in Mecina Bombaron, Granada last summer) come across as very highly accomplished (at least to an outsider's ears) and Foster's unique, witchy vocal sounds just as compelling in Spanish as it does in her native tongue.