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Reviews of "Songs of the Shortest Night"

2009.10.27 20:54:21

Iļģi's new album Songs of the Shortest Night (Īsākās nakts dziesmas) has received favorable reviews in the world music press. World Music Central called Iļģi "stylish and energetic" and its sound "smart and savvy." "Iļģi is part and parcel of a fresh wave of contemporary folk that offers a fresh and fanciful slant to traditional music.  Polishing and reinterpreting the folk songs of Latvia's pagan solstice festival Jāņi, Iļģi's Songs of the Shortest Night is pure celebration."

Rootsworld found Iļģi a "little crunchier on this release than in the past, with grinding fiddles, wailing pipes, more assertive drumming, and thrashier guitars. This is not to say that they've lost the ethereal side that made earlier releases so appealing; they've just upped the ante a bit on many tracks."  "The night may be short, but memories of this party will go on long after sunrise." 

Read the reviews here:

http://worldmusiccentral.org/article.php/ilgi_songs_shortest_night

http://www.rootsworld.com/reviews/ilgi09.shtml#at 

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