Thursday, August 2, 2012

Bratsch, Urban Bratsch

Bratsch is a French combo that plays all kinds of European folk-roots music with a panache and enthusiasm that becomes infectious as you listen. It's accordion, violin, guitar, clarinet and etc., and it moves along nicely.

You hear a Gypsy influence, the Klezmer heritage, folk dance, a little Kurt Weill, balladry and much else besides.

Sometimes they sing and that works out well.

The odd-time signatures typical of some of the roots music of the region are handled with ease and intricate, ornate melodic figures come through like heat lightening on a hot summer's night. And sometimes they just throw a curve at you and do something rooted, but original sounding.

It's great fun and very well played. Bravo!

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