VOLGA
Pomol

[Lumberton Trading, www.lumbertontrading.com]

So what if I don't speak Russian?  Do I have to speak a native tongue of a band to enjoy its music?  Do I have to know any interesting tid-bits of its existence thus far to relinquish an album to the recycling bin or praise its valour so more copies will move from store shelves?  Russian outfit Volga [named after infamous river winding its way through that country's domain] have just released album number seven.  "Pomol" is neither traditional music nor is it purely electronic music.  Rather, it sits somewhere on the borderland between the vaguely old-school tradition and the electronics of the present.  Vocalist Angela Manukian possesses a tender set of vocal chords.  Oftentimes, her weaving voice recalls the steppes of Mongolia and the music that originates there.  Her tenderness isn't to be mistaken for any sort of a waif quality.  Far from it, her vocal chords possess an undeniable strength that shakes things up when need be.  When you listen to her furious cries on "Tausen", you know you're in for a thrilling ride. While processed, Manukian's voice is still able to project traditional yells and whimpers that are so prevalent in eastern music.  When unprocessed and left alone [such as on "Sufi"], Manukian sounds like a beast unfurled - all fangs and spine-tingling beauty drenched in reverb.  The rest of the band uses electronics and entice the listener to be lost.  The lyrics are taken from 19th century Russian folklore and the sounds we hear are folk drenched in modern instrumentation.  Do we listen to the electronics, guitars and traditional instruments [zvukosuk, vargan and Tibetan cup] or do we pay attention to the vocals?  It's hard to tell which is more important.  In all honesty, the band shies away from pointing a finger as to the direction they're at or direction they've chosen for the future.  Perhaps pure electronics will take over and Volga will do a pure dance record next time around or maybe traditional sounds will tend to permeate their next record.

Who knows? - Tom Sekowski


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