Arhiva | jul, 2012

Review of MOVIES by antiMusic (USA)

18 jul



Home country: Serbia

The six songs on the latest offering from Karneval are all inspired by and named after films, most of which you are likely to be unfamiliar with. But if you haven’t seen, for example, the Salvador Dali-written Destino you’ll want to after hearing Karneval’s musical interpretation of the psychedelic short. Karneval describe themselves as an electro baroque pop band and „Destino“ is an airy dream where the music takes a back seat to the lead vocals of Milica Krstic. The song recalls the early work of prog band Renaissance and since Krstic is not singing in English it’s easy to let your mind wander during a listen and imagine her as a medieval princess in need of rescue. Whatever your interpretation, her vocals on the song whip up a great hook that sticks with you for awhile. Jethro Tull-ish flute riffing enhances „Dvoje,“ „Fitzcarraldo“ and „Le Notti Bianche“ find Krstic in an operatic mood and „Wild at Heart,“ sung in English, has Karneval turning up the Balkan electro beats to give Krstic a chance to work in a vein that’ll be familiar to Kate Bush fans. Movies is a sublime trip to the cinema and you won’t even need popcorn.

by Kevin Wierzbicki

Review of MOVIES by Blunt Review (USA)

11 jul

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Karneval: Movies

CD You can only buy it here ->

The group Karneval sends you their cd in a movie slip. Clever. For many, like me, you may pop in the DVD player to see if it has video. It doesn’t – but it plays! And, yes, now the DVD player rocks daily…

The group, based out of Serbia, has created a musical inspiration to a film they enjoy; hence the name of the CD. And they have the vocals in each in the language of the film; German, English, Serbian Spanish and Italian. Frankly, the works flow in an out of genius. But, I would say they all have a chance at scoring films if the group does not pan out.

The first track, Fitzcarraldo (film by Director Werner Herzog), introduces us to vocalist Milica Krstic. She has a wide range and you are drawn in. Remarkably different and alluring, while still being strong and clear; talent. The instruments are accompanied by some well-aimed sampling and beats that swish together to make a heady stir of things.

The second track, Wild at Heart (film by director David Lynch), again has Krstic’s vocals, but this time they bring you into a post apocalyptic Goth club somewhere in an out-zone. The music is very visual. Turn it up for the best effect.

Track three, Dvoje (film by director Aleksandar Petrovic), takes another turn. Celtic influences blend with an almost operatic Krstic. Piano keys tickles, flutes whispers enchanting notes and other instruments (including a military-esque drum riff) crescendo to meet in the middle of some samplings. It makes you want to hunt down the film.

Then in their fourth piece, Vuk Samotnjak, you’ll be served up delightfully ethereal samplings and a drum rythym as Krstic’s voice joins in. The production notes advise the film is about an abandoned dog, so that’s why there’s barking looped within I suppose. But, even not having seen the film, you’ll understand a war came, and a dog is not happy.

Karneval’s interpretation of Destino (the animated collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali), track five, has definately been over sampled. I want to re-record it with them, slapping the hand reaching for that sampling sound effect button! But, beneath the artistic hubalu there’s a great song fighting to get out. The talent behind the music is obvious and the instruments voice their player’s commands nicely; just a tad all-at-once a couple times.

The final offering is based on and titled, Le Notte Bianche (film by director Luchino Visconti). Karneval serves up a nice bit of melodrama musically within. There’s just all that sampling again. I am not a huge fan of the constant sampling – so it’s harder for me to be fair. Then out of the blue a piano section reminds you of the actual rich talent and artistic ability of the group, and you’re smiling again.

The cd comes complete with “movie” posters for each song in the insert. They tell you who plays what – though in different languages; some are tough to decipher. If you are into discovering different music being made around the world, get this compelling, often grand, often heady, six-pack of musical adventures. This is a talented group that needs a producer to rein them in – but not change their remarkable freshness and unique touches.

You can only Karneval’s Movies CD here ->

They’ll send it from far away for your audio pleasure:)

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