Slavic Soul Party!, Slavic Soul Party! In Makedonija

Chris Nickson

By Chris Nickson

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Macedonia is where the Balkans edge into the Mediterranean. You can hear the resulting mix of cultures in the sound of Slavic Soul Party! — the brass still booms, and the clarinet, with its echoes of klezmer, flutters in and out between the other instruments, but there's a greater sense of warmth and space in the music. "Seva" sounds as if someone had airlifted a Dixieland band into Skopje, while "Blue Pepper" swings like crazy and kicks up its heels with abandon.