Osforras - Review
Formed in 2003, this duo from Hungary with the talents of Agnes Toth and Mihaly Szabo bring to light an incredible mix of folk and world music.
This is their third album and includes nine tracks that take the listener back to the times of traditional Hungarian folklore with their unique blend of music. The album also comes in a beautifully packaged digipack or in a collectors edition book.
From the very beginning of this album the music kicks off in a fast-paced, traditional tribal rhythm with haunting vocals and a moving composition of guitars, percussion and violin. This first piece has quickly become a favorite and kicks off the album in style. From here it just picks up in pace and intensity from one ancient piece to another. Though the track names are such that I have no idea how to even pronounce them and the lyrics are in a language that I don't understand, the spirit and language of the music comes out in full force.
Listeners will be familiar with a few tracks from this album that stand out that I believe fans of the medieval, tribal and ethereal music mix of genres will enjoy. The introductory track "Rego Rejtem" previously mentioned is one of these, and it fades well into "Orokke" which is a fast-paced piece that brings out visions of dancing in the street with travelling minstrels in the streets of old Europe. "Csillagnasz" brings out the deep tribal vocals as a backdrop for the haunting siren-like vocals that Agnes brings to the floor. The intensity continues right up until just before the last track as "Holdtanc" finally tones down the intensity a bit and brings out the shear beauty of the music with Agnes' vocals creating just another heavenly instrument in this final, beautiful piece.
With that the album is over and we're left with another nice addition to our collection of great music.
Label: Equilibrium Music