Home Rec. Dietrich : Evok (B,2009)***°
Polyphonic harmonies are something Dietrich seems to have managed completely. At times they tune in well to the sounds of hurdy-gurdy with slightly more nasal overtones by Jeuc Dietrich. They must have adapted at least a similar comparable approach to the folkrock band Malicorne, with a semi-medieval flavour, with acoustic guitars and occasional electric folkrock (with even mellotron on 6). But there must have been (East and high North European) ethnic origins in their inspirations as well, like the female polyphonic ideas on 8 which remind more of some Swedish folkrock examples. Basically folk/folkock with a medieval touch, the range of world influences is much wider : a Persian percussionist combines beautifully, an African touch in the guitar on 8, hurdy-gurdy playing in an Arab mode, but with a Swedish folk touch on 13 sounds a remarkable idea, but sounds in fact very natural and normal. And switching instruments : what do you think of a mellotron playing a art normally reserved for hurdy-gurdy on the closing track ? Quite often the band shows remarkable ideas to an original and intelligent, well produced and mixed folkrock style, but there are also more modest smaller tracks. Recommended.
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