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    Women of Rembetica [coll] – [Rounder Records]

    Snapshots of intoxication from Greece and the first half of
    the 1900’s. Intoxication by song, dance or drug; pumped into
    women and flowing out of their souls though their pipes.
    Flowing slow and sweet like ouzo. Underground Greece had
    tunnels to Asiatic cultures it appears, definite Turkish
    and Iranian influences give these tracks a sway, a powerful
    pining. Just listen to Marika “Politissa” belt out her
    “Secret Pain.” “Cool Gal” if recorded with a slightly higher
    (or lower) fidelity today would be a huge psy-folk hit. Many
    of the tracks have weeping violin moving in the shadows of
    the vocalist, edging in and out of tune, and multiplying the
    passion of those songs. Not all the wild women of Greece
    were gathered up by the gods, some of them fled in gypsy
    packs, behind brothels and smoothly as smoke through the
    backrooms of the opium dens. These mighty meraklous achieve
    immortality without any deus ex machina nor Zeus in bullish
    form, but via their songs. This disc is their oracle, viva
    the women of rembetika!!

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 13, 2006 at 1:17 am
  • Filed as CD,International
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