Album: The Dublin Drag Orchestra, Motion of the Heart/¡Viva Frida! (Heresy)
This double-EP offers differing takes on 17th-century musical strains, pairing one disc of romantically themed pieces by English composers with a suite of five Mexican songs arranged as a tribute to Frida Kahlo.
With prim harmonies carried by harpsichord or viols, Lawes's "Fear Not, Dear Love" and Dowland's "My Heart & Tongue Were Twinnes" are the best of the former (the additional version of Hank Williams's "Cold Cold Heart" in period style sadly doesn't work); while the latter, with guitars alongside the viols, more successfully extends its brief to take in echoes of Dusty Springfield in "La Vida Callada" and Afro-Latin elements in "Dame Albriçia Mano Anton", a Christmas song for a "Jesus born in Guinea".
Download: My Heart & Tongue Were Twinnes; Dame Albriçia Mano Anton
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