"Tri su ftice goru preletele (Three birds flew over the mountain)"
A lot of interesting and unusual artists find their way to RootsWorld every month, and it is always wonderful to sit down with one of their recordings, one that just stops me dead in my tracks, and listen from beginning to end. Mateja Gorjup's Ijekaru is one of those recordings.
Gorup comes from Slovenia and she has a deep interest in the traditional music of her country and other cultures nearby. She can sing with the purity you find in an old field recording - a pure, guileless delivery that is captivating, whether she is singing from an old book of Slovenian tunes or performing one of her own compositions based on the tradition.
"Zagorela drobna zvezda (Small star comes alight)"
But she is also a vocal explorer, someone who lives in the 21st century and revels in all the myriad influences and tools that modern communications can bring. She can use electronic looping in collaboration with plucked metal instruments, layering her voice and constructing new moods, sometimes sweet, sometimes jarring.
"Kak dodje tak pojde (Easy come, easy go)"
The sampling presented here are just a few of the 24 songs on Ijekaru, songs will bring you into her world; a world of ancient melodies and modern attitudes, where a woman singing in the fields of 18th Century Europe is comfortable next to vocal extremes worthy of Meredith Monk or Laurie Anderson. - Cliff Furnald