Russia-born Dirty Projectors singer-keyboardist Olga Bell reimagines the music of her homeland on Krai, an exhilarating song cycle devoted to the personalities of her homeland’s nine designated “fringe” territories. Bell’s Russia is a kinder, gentler, but no less confusing place than we’ve seen in the news of late. In lyrics written with her mother, a former Radio Moscow DJ, Bell sextuples and processes her voice to evoke the throat singers of Altai Krai, the shamanic songs of Kamchatka Krai, and the Bulgarian-style harmonies of Perm Krai. Guitar, cello, mallet percussion, and electronics create a bubbling counterpoint to Bell’s one-woman choir (which actually includes two male voices). Released on the approachably experimental New Amsterdam label, Krai complements Nothankyou, her dance-pop collaboration with Tom Vek.
Mon., April 28, 8 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 23, 2014