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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Volga: Kumushki Pjut (Asphalt Tango)

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It’s not just hyperbole: If Igor Stravinsky was young and alive today he might lead a band similar to Volga. Some of the savage Slavic polyrhythms actually conjure the spirit of The Rite of Spring in a setting of serrated electricity. Some of the tracks lunge for rock (with less interesting results); others rely on tribal percussion in a trip-hop, electronic funhouse. Russian language vocals are ringed with an aura of mysterious doings in the woods at night.