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Glaswegish dream weaver Cucina Povera keeps the magick flowing with her 2nd album of 2021, following the outstanding ‘Lumme’ with a haul of tracks recorded while stranded in a scottish snowstorm back in 2017, tracing an icy path between ancient folk, choral music, Islaja, Lau Nau and Grouper - just next level really.
There's a weightlessness to Cucina Povera's music that’s inspiring and highly original; using little more than her voice, Maria Rossi forms soundscapes and song cycles that drag sacred music into personal new horizons with a depth of feeling and sense of succour in stasis, capturing lonely but quietly life-affirming expressions.
Povera’s music has a strong familiarity with the night; ‘The Dalmarnock Tapes’ are unmistakably made for nocturnal situations in a way that we imagine lonely Sub Arctic folk make music; as both entertainment and for spiritual elevation. Between the purring lilt of ‘Keruu’ and the nithered tone of ‘Olen oluen oljen’ Cucina grants access to this secretive practice, yielding private, if obfuscated, thoughts as meditative aids - building an atmosphere of measured resilience, looping phrases to create the illusion of a choir echoing internally/eternally like some spirit guide for the changing of the seasons.