Σάββατο, 11 Φεβρουαρίου 2012

The Baghdaddies: Katchyazafta [2006]


The riotous five-piece from Newcastle - firm favourites on the festival circuit - return with their fourth album of fun and frolics. The title is regional slang for 'See you later', and it's a collection of original songs and a couple of trad tunes sung in English and Welsh, ranging from pavement buskers' Gypsy-jazz to full throttle Balkan wedding-band frenzy.

There's an entertaining theatrical element of comedy and satire. Lyrics have a tongue-in-cheek humour as in 'Wonder Woman' ('you make me so domesticated, you just wash, I can dry'), and 'Not Drowning But Raving' ('forever bloody waiting for the rain to keep away... will we reach the stars or will we stay in bed?').

Influences are wide-ranging. While the Balkan brass is prevalent, there is also a fair share of klezmer, jazz, ska and punk - an anarchic fusion where Ivo Papasov meets The Clash meets The Beat. There are also shades of calypso as in 'Sweet Girl', tango ('Multibubble'), and the animated vocal style is sometimes reminiscent of Dr John.

The band have a particular flair for the Balkans and capture its frenetic energy and flamboyance wonderfully. 'Gream Parelli' is a highly playful trad Bulgarian tune and its rapid, winding melody is played here by the sax. 'Dongle' is typical of the Romanian doina, a freeform style also common in klezmer and Gypsy music. The Baghdaddies have given us another fresh and funky dose of their quirky concoction of party tomfoolery."

The Band:
 Ziad Jabero: guitar, vox
Paul Ruddick: sax, flute, vox
Martin Douglas: drums, vox
Nigel Kirkpatrick: trumpet, vox
Paul Susans: bass, vox





Enjoy!

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