Boomkat Product Review:
An album that seems to call upon folk and traditional musics from all around the globe, Bow Low Bright Glow is the latest full-length enterprise from The Family Elan, the collaborative project between Chris Hladowski (of The One Ensemble, Scatter and Nalle) and Hanna Tuulikki (Hladowski's bandmate in Nalle). Here we get traditional dances from Eastern Anatolia, old Uzbekistani songs and apparently, even a spot of medieval music of unknown derivation. The only drawback of a record like this is that for an outsider, it's hard to form an attachment to some of this material, and you might not be able to tell where one cultural reference point ends and another begins. The Family Elan seem to flit between locations and timezones at a ceaseless rate. Consequently you might find yourself a little bedazzled and bewildered when it comes to working out how to approach all this. Taken at face value, Bow Low Bright Glow is an impressive slice of folk exotica, played across a horde of different instruments with impressive levels of accomplishment and commitment.