Sarkozi

Magorie

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For her second album, Katka Sarközi teamed up with bassist/producer Ales Charvát (who has worked with Mikolas Chadima, among others) and came up with a very nice platter of seductively dark pop songs. Charvát's backgrounds of effects and noises, his use of programmed beats, and his generally sombre production give Magorie a trip-hop feel without forcing the singer's songs into something they aren't. Sarközi appears to be a sun figure -- a twinkle in the eye, a smile in the voice -- while Charvát is definitely a moon type. At times, like in the title track and "Dym," their collaboration works out very well. At others, it keeps chained to the ground a song that could have soared. Case in point: "Touha," with its uplifting chorus, hardly gets a chance to take off because of the weighty rhythm section and the uncomfortable contrast between acoustic guitars and electronics. But, again, the same approach is what gives the song "Magorie" all its charm -- that and the trumpet of Frantisek Kucera (of Iva Bittová's Cikori band). Charvát keeps Sarközi's pretty voice from stumbling upon clichés. And the singer's versatile songwriting keeps the sound designer on his toes. We get African percussion and chorus in "Vitr," a spacy Hammond organ in "Naposled," a Fender Rhodes for the groovy "Den Mece," and a techno beat for "Jednou." And despite the variety in instrumentation, the pair manages to keep the album under control. Its short duration (36 minutes) makes the presence of weaker tracks ("Jednou" is one of them) aggravating, but, overall, Magorie provides a fine listen.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:28
2
4:13
3
3:52
4
4:07
5
4:19
6 2:46
7
4:17
8
4:12
9
4:07
10
3:33
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