Ana Alcaide: La cantiga del fuego (ARC)

 |   |  <1 min read

Ana Alcaide: Khun caravan
Ana Alcaide: La cantiga del fuego (ARC)

Although perilously close to New Age music in places, this gently beguiling album should find wide favour because within it are familiar melodies and chord progressions found in Celtic folk (think Clannad) and Northern Europe, but she also brings North Africa sounds too which add exotic spice.

Quite a seductive mixture by this Spanish singer, songwriter and practitioner of the nyckelharpe (a bowed fiddle with a keyboard which apparently originated in Sweden).

And to blur the musical picture even further these 12 songs – embellished by santur and veena from India – are inspired by the city of Toledo and the exile of Sephardic Jews.

But rather than being a cosmopolitan melange and fragmented by so many elements, Alcaide's clarity of vision pulls all these threads together in a quietly charming, memorable and highly listenable journey through its influences as it evokes romantic or melancholy moods.

Gentle, almost medieval in places and it will win you by stealth.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   World Music from Elsewhere articles index

Rokia Traore, Ne So (Nonesuch)

Rokia Traore, Ne So (Nonesuch)

As Elsewhere has previously noted, the nation of Mali which was a hotbed for talent two decades ago has fallen into harder, political times in recent years. There has been a military coup, the... > Read more

HUONG THANH AND NGUYEN LE: Fragile Beauty reviewed (2008)

HUONG THANH AND NGUYEN LE: Fragile Beauty reviewed (2008)

These days world music compilations are pretty thick on the ground -- largely because they have been thrown there by disillusioned buyers who thought they might be getting a decent collection but... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

The Allman Brothers Band: At Fillmore East (1971)

The Allman Brothers Band: At Fillmore East (1971)

When the mobile recording studio was parked outside the Fillmore on New York's 2nd Avenue in March 1971 to record this double vinyl Allman Brothers Band album it was both a beginning and an ending:... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WOMAD QUESTIONNAIRE: David Krahe of Los Coronas

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WOMAD QUESTIONNAIRE: David Krahe of Los Coronas

Guitarist David Krahe of the Spanish band Los Coronos wants to make one thing very clear, “We are not a flamenco band”.   Certainly not. These guys kick in with twanging... > Read more