Album review: Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Pizzica Indiavolata (Discovery Records)

Howard Male
Sunday 20 January 2013 01:00 GMT

This strikingly original band from southern Italy have been taking the traditional taranta dance of Salento and giving it contemporary resonance and edge since 1975.

Although there are soul-searching ballads and mournful lullabies, turbo-charged numbers driven by thundering frame drums, pumping accordion and throaty, impassioned vocals dominate. Traditional music has rarely sounded more intense, mysterious and urgent.

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