At Squidco record labels are always sending us material to consider in our catalog, some interesting, some... but when this CD came in it caught our eye - perhaps the digipack artwork and fold out booklet (drawings from leader Krutogolov), that reminded us a little of the great RIO releases from bands like L'Ensemble Raye or Ne Zhdali (they give thanks to Leonid Soybelman in the insert). However, we weren't prepared for just how great, quirky and interesting the music was - modern Klezmer with a mix of styles and a very odd sense of humor that really grabs you and doesn't let go. The tunes are mostly originals from Krutogolov, with one piece by John Zorn (Meholalot). We got in touch with the label immediately and here it is, coming highly recommended from the Squidco staff.
"Kruzenshtern & Parohod takes the Jewish traditional Klezmer music to modern extremes by blending it with free jazz, hardcore rock and a healthy dose of humor to create a refreshing dish, consisted of extremely groovy and loosed rhythm section of ripped-apart bass and kickass drumming, and an instrumental use of hilarious, mostly improvised vocals. Their hardcore leanings are charming, joyful and original, at times sounding like a parody on metal conventions... But these are only partial ingredients of the casserole, which might seem a bit monotonous at first but soon reveals distinctive melodic hooks and unique characteristics that are there to stimulate the listener throughout... With freakish, nearly impossible twists and turns, these instrumental pieces flow naturally from untamed Clarinet-led melodies, to swift avant-garde passages and to the aforementioned hardcore demonstration... Songs is all about nonstop action and cheerful insanity, merging roots with up-to-date beats, and resulting in one hell of a mind-blowing adventure you do not want to miss! (9.25/10)"-Avi Shaked, Maelstrom Zine
See also Kruzenshtern & Parohod-The Craft of Primitive Klezmer
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RIO (Rock in Opposition)
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Label: Auris Media
Catalog ID: AUM004
Squidco Product Code: 5109
Recorded by Gal Navon at Hammon Studio. Mixed & mastered by Udi Koomran. Produced by Udi Koomran & "Kruzenshtern & Parohod".
Igor Krutogolov - bass balalaika, toy accordion, voise, noise
Ruslan Gross - clarinet, bass clarinet, happiness on "Joy"
Guy Schechter - drums, happiness on "Joy"
with special guests:
Evgeny Danko - guitar on "Sippurim"
Tony Levitant - sms message on "Shmock on the water"
Gal Navon, Jackie Levy, Gil, Avi, Daive - happiness on "Joy"
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