Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Gothic ethereal from traditional/world sources
Most recent release, The Golden Thread (2009)
Dead Can Dance, The Changelings
Adaptions/arrangements of traditional materials
Against shimmering electronics, brittle dulcimers, dolorous bells, and percolating poly-rhythms, Sonya, the lead singer's, voice unfurls. Like Lisa Gerrard, her vocals are a bewitching mix of Eastern and Western vocal styles, and while the group (a duo, with Jeffrey Stott handing other duties, including guitars and oud, an African harp-like instrument) is influenced by the same liturgical music, there's a different feel. With Dead Can Dance, I feel the music is almost escapist; with Stellamara, there's an anthropologic reverence, that's not so much *academic* as it is *resonant* with history. Part of this is due to the fact that the lyrics are taken from actual medieval texts—there's a song in Croatian, a Persian song, and musical forms from Serphardic Jewish music. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recommended first album:
Star of the Sea only album we've heard
Star of the Sea
1997—City of Tribes Records, 3025 17th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, U.S.A.—cotcd-017
U.S. sources that carry indie labels
Highly recommended if the description sounds good to you
Sonja Drakulich—voice, bendir, riqq, zills, keyboard samples
Gary Haggerty—violin, viola
Sonja Drakulich and Jeffrey Stott
Please see general comments above.
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