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Four new albums with unexpected genres

By January, many artists are preparing either albums of New Year’s songs, or something completely special, which may not even happen without a festive rush. So, both the finale of the year and the first month of 2019 pleased us with interesting findings. Here you will find veterans of the Russian rock scene with ironic songs, folk rockers with psychedelic tales, The Beatles in avant-garde costumes and Gregory Porter, reincarnated in Nat King Cole.

Yevgeny Margulis, “Here and there!” Let’s start with a big name, but not for the sake of, but for justice. In the final of last year, Evgeny Margulis released another solo album, which is so sweet and homely so blues that it would be unfair to miss it. It is believed that a few years ago, Margulis left “The Time Machine” precisely for the sake of a solo career (did anyone in the group interfere with him going to the side?). Not that he has been with albums since then, but what he is releasing is straightforward “Russian Stevie Wonder,” as one of his young associates put it.

Pleasant melodies, clever ironic verses, sung freely-pofigicheski, soft sound. According to the atmosphere – as with a friend in the kitchen, only very professional. The same goes for sound and games (a wonderful old school trumpet with a mute in Tango-Mango; dingy blues guitar and wheezing mouth organ in Alcohite Snake). Bad luck in our country with adult intelligent pop rock. Margulis lacunae partially closes this.
Music, DeezerThe collection “A Day In The Life: Impressions Of Pepper” No, I am aware of the fact that the dish called “The Beatles in Jazz” is already turning back! But it is good when the dish is cooked quite radically, as per the recipes of molecular cuisine of some kind. I mean: to separate everything, and then how it will turn out! In this particular album you will not hear the sweet versions of Lennon-McCartney-Harrison melodies. Melodies are all uprooted. There is but Marie Halvorson (“With a Little Help …”) on a detonating guitar. There is an experienced Anthony Sanchez, who turned the title track and his reprise into a grunge one practically. And so on and so forth. But after all, the Beatles spirit is insanity, an experiment, an anti-commercial artistic pose – that’s what it is. Let’s just say: the album is about the atmosphere. This is The Beatles as the basis for modern jazz, and there is no contradiction here: the Beatles laid and developed the atmosphere of dream-pop psychedelia, and modern intellectual jazz including this leaps and bounds. By the way, I remember that in Russia at the dawn of zero a double CD came out with radical electronic-noise alterations of the Beatles songs, where the well-organized cacophony of “Revolution No. 9” occupied the central place. Lennon would have liked it. Probably..Music, DeezerGregory Porter “One Night Only | Live At The Royal Albert Hall »Recall the main one – well, call another! – the vocal album of the past year. The success of the studio disc with the songs of Nat King Cole finally consolidated the status of Porter as the Main Jazz Singer. Now he can do everything, including someone else’s singing and distributing whatever tribunes to anyone. And he moved forward, we recall, thanks to the original material with difficult verses. So, the first live album in Gregory Porter’s discography was recorded in the prestigious London Albert Hall. Released by the prestigious Blue Note. Everything is big, in short. Live classic? Maybe. You envy the one who sat in the hall at this concert – such comfort and warmth … Porter’s velvety voice with intimate intonations in strings, tender and transparent, swaying like tulle from the breath of the wind. Given that the festive pomp here too. The songs are mostly from Nat King Cole’s repertoire, plus a few of their beautiful ones – “Hey Laura”, “No Love Dying”, “Don’t Lose Your Steam”, “When Love Was King”. It makes no sense to comment on the level of execution of nat-king-kowlovsky, but I note that Porter’s great Quizás, quizás, quizás turned out to be like Nat. Maybe even better! Apple.Music, Yandeks.Muzyka, DeezerMays of the Moon “Lunar Folk Tales” / Lunar Folk TalesThe novelty of the year 2019 is the release of the rarest musical genre in our area. The Moscow group “Cape of the Moon”, run by the singer and flute player Olga Scotland, created a kind of folk-rock-psychedelic batch: the fairy tale about Kolobok, as it is told … on the Moon. To begin with, Kolobok really rolled away from grandparents, but – to travel the world. Modern character, yes. On the way, he encounters a strudel (which he speaks in German) with French baguette, Spanish olives and tomatoes … And, for example, Gogol’s blacksmith Vakula is another story — an emigrant from eastern Ukraine who lives in an English village falls in love to the local girl jenny. The soundtrack for this story is the folk song “Blacksmith”, known to rock fans according to the version of the Steeleye Span group (this version is based here, actually). Everything, more spoilers will not be. Such adult-fun-crazy things in a soft folk-rock frame. With the participation of a bunch of unexpected guests, including the very Trey Gunn (King Crimson).

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