Sunday 29 May 2016

Războieni (Bucium, 2008)

Violin and distorted guitar aren't an usual combination, but they perfectly open this track, taken from the album "Voievozii" by Romanian band Bucium. It's a folk-prog-rock enthralling epic, also including dramatic vocals, devilish gigas and some beautiful tempo changes. The Balkanian folk side of Războieni  (a little town that also was the battlefield of a major struggle between Moldavian and Ottoman armies) is very well mixed with a solid melody and a rock background.

This is unfortunately the only album by Bucium to date.

I also like the suspended, atmospheric instrumental bridge marking the central section of the song, soon enriched by Andy Dumitrescu's voice. The contrast between the baritone singer and the high-pitched violin is one of the trademarks of this track (and of other Bucium's songs too). A modern and fascinating way to relive progfolk music, IMHO.

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