High-pitched flutes and other traditional instruments are chained with a bassline and pounded by synth-drums. Ethnotronic is a genre that fuses ethnic vibes with electronic influences. In this case, the ethnic ingredients come from Romania, a country in Eastern Europe (where I happen to have been born). A “hora” is a traditional dance and Falticeni is a city in Romania, located in the historical region of Moldavia.
Leave it to metal heretics Samael to create a song that straddles genres and defies categorization. It blasts off with rock-solid percussion and heavy riffing, but then turns into a melancholic story about love. The occasional voice distortion may sound awkward at first, but trust me, it’s there for a reason*.
* everything is everywhere for a reason 😀
Mentatul Monthly Focus
November 2019 Edition
– Child Psychology –
Some adults lack morality even after an entire lifetime. Yet, as a study shows, healthy ethical values are something that the vast majority of us are born with. So when does one lose one’s moral compass? Perhaps, like almost any quality in life, it has to be cultivated.
Built almost entirely out of sounds from the past, this song is a master class in the art of sampling. Around a dozen instruments and some three layers of vocals dance together these 5 minutes. And no matter how good trumpets are at stealing the show, each instrument gets its time playing the membrane.
As a form of art, music shines through how it allows the harmonious fusion of decades worth of creation into a single new work. In the hands of a great composer, all sounds make friends and it all ends up sounding fantastic!
Note: the remix of the song is also awesome. Seek it out.
It is said that „ignorance is bliss”. It’s a well-known and controversial saying. Ignorance, by most current definitions, is a bad thing. The dictionary definition is “the condition of being uneducated, unaware, or uninformed.” But this definition covers a very wide range of conditions. Being uneducated is, admittedly, not a good thing. However, the state of being uninformed or unaware may, in some cases, be helpful towards one’s life. How so? Read on.
This was a major success back in the 90s and for good reason. The instrumental, while fairly typical for that period, has plenty of detail and variety. The lyrics are fun, but it’s the way they’re sung that really carries this song. I’d do without the “shalalala” though :).
”I see ya blowin’ me a kiss
It doesn’t take a scientist
To understand what’s going on, baby
If you see something in my eye
Let’s not over analyze
Don’t go too deep with it, baby (baby)
So let it be what it’ll be
Don’t make a fuss and get crazy over you and me
Here’s what I’ll do
I’ll play loose
Not like we have a date with destiny
It’s just a little crush (crush)
Not like I faint every time we touch
It’s just some little thing (crush)
Not like everything I do depends on you”
If jungle-folk would be a genre, this would be the song for it. Percussion and tribal chanting are entwined with the sounds of life. Human and animal sing together, celebrating the eternal cosmic vibration.