Various Artists

Traditional Music of Alentejo

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From the small, isolated farming communities in Southern Portugal comes Traditional Music of Alentejo. The farmers of the region have two basic styles of music to call their own: a polyphonic singing style for a chorus led by two soloists, and the baldao and despique, love songs accompanied by the local bandura, a stringed instrument played by a literal handful of performers at the time of recording, and probably a dead art form by the millennium. The album bounces between these two basic groups of song deftly, keeping a very rural sound by using very minimal post-production. The music itself will likely be something of an acquired taste for many listeners given the roughness of it. At the same time, the roughness could be seen as rustic and prove a nice reprieve from today's overproduction.

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