Hearty, sharply played Gypsy show music from Eastern Europe

The Cornflowers (Vasilyochki)

by Zina Pavlova – on the album “Sing Gypsy!”

Our tour of 11edaab6401aa000840e8a2e441dd70bcffb3ca1 the ‘forgotten fifth’ of unplayed tunes on Spotify continues with more from Eastern Europe, in the form of nicely performed and recorded gypsy and gypsy influenced music from the Slavic lands, as sung heartily by the full-throated Zina Pavlova.

There are elements of polka and other European pop forms mixed in here — this is not insider gypsy music — this is show stuff, but performed with plenty of enthusiasm and sharp professionalism.

Not what I was expecting… microtonal singing, balalaikas, and an ocean of reverb

BaSa Gelmeyen Olmaz

by Bestekar Salihi – on the album “Liseli Sevdigim”

1ba0c012bf9cebda6381fb63f0213d0b3185cc4dFrom the bland, modern cover I was somehow expecting maybe some polite, contemporary jazz.

What I got was wild, wooly, deeply reverbed Turkish (I think, info in English on this artist proved hard to find — certainly he seems to be based in Turkey) balalaika pop, with the husky voiced singer weaving microtonal melodies through a wilderness of hissy, indistinct overdubs drowned in reverb…

That might not sound all that cool, I dunno. But I find it as oddly compelling as a taxi ride through the outskirts of Istanbul… in fact, this collection, for me, evokes an imagined transistor radio swinging by a hand strap from the mirror of such a taxi as the utterly exotic and strangely distant music sways in the listener’s mind.

On Google Music