Cimbalom and percussion, Moravian folklore and progressive rock; these are the cognitive features of the art-rock Narajama. On their new album, Concurrere, the band surprises their fans with playfulness. In the multi-genre concept of music, Narajama uses the unconventional sounds of cimbalom and applies the influences of Moravian folklore through progressive rock to modern jazz.
Concurrere shows Narajama in great form, more than twenty years after their debut “Vytancuj chmury” (i.e. Dance Off Your Gloom)
and three years after their last album, Convergere. The South-Moravian musicians then released an album after more than ten years. They added percussion, used several genres, including their Moravian roots. The current album continues their established approach to connecting genres and only confirms how such connections are inspiring. Igor Judas, one of the founders of the band and bass player, confirms that the last two albums are related: “The album Concurrere follows up on our last album in all the significant parts and we find it musically and sonically more mature. In fact, the relationship is also reflected in the names of both albums. The name of the previous album, Convergere, can be freely understood as bending over oneself, approaching oneself. For us, this meant searching and finding a common path. We called the new album Concurrere, which we freely translate as to go together, to run together, to/ meet.”
The distinctive musical style and original approach to the way of making the new album enables the band almost the impossible - to unite in a perfectly functioning whole a wide range of music genres that inspire the band. “We have never thought about the links between the songs - each one was created separately. All of us listen to music of all kinds and genres and that is also reflected in our work. But our attempt is to create a compact whole,” Igor Judas admits and at the same time reveals the background of Narajama. “Most of the songs come out of improvisations during our
rehearsals. The tracks with folk lyrics originate partially from the cimbalom, nevertheless, the cimbalom is added in some of the other instrumental passages. Other tracks were created on the basis of improvisations from the torso of the band, and other instruments are not included in the final version, such as the first song, Rozséváš.”
Narajama is a combination of the non-traditional cimbalom and classic rock instruments, which chime in thanks to the careful arrangements of the songs. The band let their songs gradually and non-violently flower, the right moods of the individual songs are highlighted by suitable dynamics. The current Narajama is much more varied, and yet compact, than the original one.
|01 Nebudeš ty můj||04:18||€ 0.38|
|02 Hlavy mluvící||04:09||€ 0.38|
|03 Kalina||04:21||€ 0.38|
|04 Karavana||05:02||€ 0.38|
|05 Rozséváš||05:09||€ 0.38|
|06 Zažehnou||04:15||€ 0.38|
|07 Banana Beat||06:29||€ 0.38|
|08 Brodil Jano koně||04:37||€ 0.38|
|09 Jíl||06:09||€ 0.38|