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Orphic Oxtra


Published November 22, 2010

The debut album by Balkan-style band Orphic Oxtra is a twisting, turning, flying all over the place kind of experience. The music swirls and swells down seemingly farcical paths and at times has the effect of making you want to do everything in double time when you listen to it—or, better yet, embark on crazy adventures in rundown vehicles. Very fun. The group consists of fourteen members and that play wide range of instruments: everything from horns to fiddles to accordions to drums. They have worked together to create an album which is both different and listenable, which not exactly an easy task. This is a good strong album, and a much-needed break from the radio friendly rubbish or too-arty-to-comprehend music filling our ears recently.

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