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Disbanded; final release, Space Lullabies And Other Fantasmagore (2000)
Wikipedia's Ekova entry
See album comments below.
Recommended first album:
1998—Six Degrees Records/Sony
Back when Lisa Gerrard's Mirror Pool CD was released, a reviewer bitchily (but accurately) characterized Gerrard as "if Kate Bush, instead of being a pixie, had been born as a suicidal nun." While I personally love the spiritual, mystical side of Gerrard's oeuvre, I can see how it can be a bit depressing for some people. Ekova's Dierdre Dubois gives Gerrard's trademark mouth-music style a dose of anti-depressants. An American-born French citizen, Dubois fashions her own language out of nonsense syllables, singing in a pastiche of mostly Eastern styles. The instrumentation includes Dubois' own guitar and cello-playing, an oud-player (Egyptian harp-guitar) and a percussionist who gallops through Celtic, African and flamenco riffs with joyous abandon. To add to the melange, there's Indian-raga-like version of the Irish folk tune "In My Prime." Dubois' voice is rich and deep, and has a nice chocolatey tone that brings to mind Cesaria Evora. Imagine Yma Sumac, instead of singing longue-ethnic hybrids, attempted material closer in spirit to Vas or Lisa Gerrard, and you might come up with this fascinating CD. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2000—Six Degrees Records/Sony
Dierdre Dubois—vocals, cello, pots and pans
Jamie Muhoberac, Chris Bruce, Lisa Germano, Carmen Rizzo (Povi), Andrew Scheps, Julien Lourau, Cyril Dufay, Jean-Pierre Smadja, Pierre Bosheron
Carmen Rizzo and Ekova
It's fab, equal parts techno and acoustic-ethnic, with Dierdre's Lisa Gerrard by way of Yma Sumac vocals gracing the whole thing. It's atmospheric and haunting, yes, but it also has attitude, like a fierce Parisian drag queen. (email@example.com)
Thanks to firstname.lastname@example.org for work on this entry.
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