Boban Marković Orkestar – Boban i Marko: Balkan Brass Fest

Balkan Folk; 2004

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Apparently Boban Markovic’s orchestra (orkestar)  is really popular in Serbia. If this is the popular music in the Balkans, I need to go live there. DeVotchKa and Beirut made me interested in  East-European Folk but they were still American and you could tell, they have a sort of pervading “Indie” sound that they will never be able to shake, and while there’s nothing wrong with imitations, especially good imitations, they will never be as authentic sounding as going straight to actual Serbian Folk music.

There’s this sound that brass instruments make. I don’t know how to describe it, but I think it’s so cool. Especially when there’s like 30 instruments playing the same melody, that sound is sort of like white noise that affects your overall opinion on the song but you don’t know why. That sound, I think, will make a lot of people dislike brass orchestras like this one. I don’t wanna say it’s an acquired taste because I acquired it as soon as I heard it, but it’s definitely not something many people will like. It’s kind of like a strong aftertaste. Some people will like it and some people won’t.

The album basically consists of instrumental songs (there’s like 2 or 3 with minimal vocals IIRC) that are all brass instruments playing the melodies and two percussionists. Most of the songs are pretty fast, one or two are inspired by Latin music, but most sound about as traditional as they can, which I love. I’m getting more and more into this Balkan stuff, I think I’ll have to try and take a trip there one day, the music scene seems to be one of the best in the world.

1. Balkan Fest
2. Southern Comfort
3. Sat
4. Mundo Čoček
5. Od Srca
6. Povratak U Han
7. Sanja Samba
8. Mere Yaara Dildara
9. Magija
10. Bugarčica
11. Boban i Marko
12. Bratski Čoček
13. Biseri Srbije Part 1
14. Biseri Srbije Part 2

Stand-out Tracks:
Bugarčica
Mundo Čoček
Sanja Samba

-Jerry

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