If you still harbor the illusion that highland pipes and penny
whistles are all you need to know about Celtic music, you've gotta
listen to this CD. I remember being floored when I first heard
Kila's "Tine Lasta" and this should do the same to anyone
uninitiated to the sound of the worldly Celt. The four groups
represented here╬Kila, Peatbog Faeries, Shooglenifty, and Lunasa╬are
on the cutting edge of incorporating beat, electronic sounds,
and other musical influences.
Kila's forte is energetic, furious instrumental arrangements.
Lunasa, named after a festival in honor of the ancient Celtic
god of the arts, uses deft instrumentation with an emphasis on
rhythm╬often provided by a well-strummed guitar. Peatbog Faeries╬besides
having a truly evocative name╬are the most liberal in adding strong
dance/trance beats and atmospheric sounds to their music. And
Shooglenifty (from the word └niftyö added to the word "shoogle"╬to
move or agitate) have also coined the term "acid croft"
for their music╬"August" is a slow, languid, trippy
track that verges on funk╬except you don't usually hear that much
fiddling in funk.
If you like the idea of experimental Celtic music but find too
much tradition drained from AfroCelt Sound System, give Untamed