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DIE BESONDERE (The special one) - DEUTSCHLAND 2
(Emmuty Records 571.0004.2, www.bilwesz.de)
16 Tracks, 70:42
Merit Zloch (harp and vocals), Simon Wascher
Branschke(bagpipes, flute) choose the melody of
„Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland“, in their version ironically called
"Loser", to start their second CD. The German-Austrian Trio
proves (together with guest musician Jörg Mikula) that traditional
music from the German- speaking area is not at all boring, and that
there is a lot of intoxicating music to be (re)discovered.
Like on their first CD Zlochs harp swings and grooves, Wascher draws
fascinating sounds from his Alto hurdy-gurdy with his uncommon double
keyboard technic and the young bagpiper Branschke developes to be one
of the greatest German players of this instrument.
Besides the virtuosicly played instruments there are inspiring
arrangements, always surprising, always opening new sound spectrums,
always designing new, electrifying rhythms.
„File under organic dancefloor/world“ is to be read on the cover, on
the homepage the band calls their music „Agri-Pop“. But this virtuosic,
imaginative mixture cannot be sorted in or labeled easily. One has to
listen to bilwesz. Preferably loud. For me Spring is the CD of the year.