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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