Sol de Nit
On their debut recording, Catalan folk musicians Sol de Nit resolutely refuse to shout, a strategy that can easily lead to oblivion in an increasingly loud world. But if you can find a quiet niche and some time, B-91 00-SN can not only pleasantly fill it, but delight with its unusual combination of instruments: accordion, bagpipes, a flock of strings, and subtle percussion.
On "Xavier el Coixo," calm yet insistent percussion grounds violins and cellos in a haunting melody of sands and caravans. The starkness of the arrangement is impressive, the sole chording emanating from what sounds like a hurdy-gurdy. "Cercle de Tres Costats" is the long thematic heart of the recording, a nested descent and return, beginning with an inebriate accordion melody over hand claps and an eccentric walking bass, its tipsiness magnified by talking drums, transiting into a more sober beat reminiscent of "Cibernètic," and finally into a central percussion break, returning in reverse order.
B-91 00-SN is testament to the power of subtlety and beauty in music, and to the proverb that if you whisper, people will listen. - Jim Foley
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