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Boomkat Product Review:
New on Touch; a first vinyl edition of ’There Where The Avalanche Stops’, a compilation of indigenous folk styles recorded at the National Folk Festival of Albania in 1990 and originally issued on CD
Revealing a spectra of folk styles to the vast majority of us who have never visited the quinquennial folk festival, held in a castle overlooking the town of Gjirokastra in southern Albania, the set speaks to the remarkable breadth of unique instruments and styles native to the region since ancient Iliryrian times (pre-Roman).
It’s a truly enchanting collection presenting selections from six of the 26 participatign districts - Vlora, Gjirokastra and Lorca from the south, and Shkodra, Debra and Tropoja from the north - and covering a gamut from spine-freezing, elegiac, layered vocal harmonies to bouzouki-sounding strings and flutes, and pinch-yourself scenes of pastoral bliss in the ‘Untitled Melody’ piece that is worth the price of entry alone.
Can’t afford a holiday this year? This LP will surely suffice.