By A Hawk And A Hacksaw
'Delivrance' is the fourth album from New Mexico folk duo A Hawk And A Hacksaw (Jeremy Barnes and his partner Heather Trost.)
The album is a mixture of traditional arrangements and new songs influenced by Eastern European folk music. To really capture the essence of these influences, the duo recorded the album in Budapest using local musicians.
The album starts off with new single 'Foni Tu Argile.' Traditionally an old Greek vocal track, this has been re-arranged into a captivating instrumental that sets the pace of the album.
Another great stomper is 'Turkiye.' The powerful trumpet theme is uplifting and exciting. After a few listens the melody is embedded into your brain. It's almost impossible to go a whole day without whistling it at least once!
'Vasalisa Carries A Flaming Skull Through The Forest' is a rare slow track. Moody and atmospheric, the track would sit nicely as a Spaghetti Western sound track as the camera pans waste lands.
While the album has many highlights, 'Kertez' is the stand out track with it's haunting vocals over a manic accompaniment. Barnes seems to take ages to sing "One hundred thousand birds flew up in a cloud" while the band are at full steam.
The influence of the local cultures has worked really well on this album. The music sounds fabulous and authentic. You can imagine seeing the band playing in the streets or an Eastern European bar while you're drinking and partying in a carnival atmosphere. It's good time folk 'n' roll.