Ugniavijas – Karo Dainos
Ugniavijas are a group of four men with an interest in performing ancient Lithuanian folk songs, especially old Lithuanian war songs. All of their work is performed on traditional instruments such as bagpipes, lumzdelis (Lithuanian wind instrument), kanklės (Lithuanian stringed instrument), with drums and strong male vocals.
Firm, strong and melodic, the music on “Karo Dainos” (War Songs) imparts a natural sound and personal experience. These twelve historic war songs tell a story about the ancient Lithuanian warrior – from dawn, until sunset, from leaving home until death.
In Lithuania all-male folklore groups are not abundant, so “Karo Dainos” is a rather unique release. Folk music ensembles usually involve a series of singers merging into a single choir, while Ugniavijas‘ members seek to highlight the uniqueness of each voice. This CD is the first male-folk album of its kind in Lithuania!
During the recording process for “Karo Dainos” it became apparent that Ugniavijas are at their best when performing together as a group rather than recording the vocal tracks separately, all vocals and music was recorded as it was performed giving “Karo Dainos” the sense of a smooth and realistic live album.
01. To the Troop /play
02. Father and Mother Wept
03. Oh when the Sun was Rising /play
04. Go, Servant, Saddle up my Horse
05. I Woke up Early
06. You Viburnum
07. Oh those Hills and Mountains
08. Ancient Struggle
10. Oh the Rowan /play
11. Why those Gardens Drone
12. By Field, by Wood
Romowe Rikoito – Undēina
The 4th album from the mysterious Prussian darkfolk group Romowe Rikoito is a magical journey to the modern Western Baltic world, the Aestian archipelago that is invisible on the surface, but continues to live and breathe in the reality of the present. The spiritual expedition of Undēina begins in the sacred Sambia Peninsula and follows the winding roads of the Kriwes through the temples and capitals of the ancient faith accompanied by the deepest Baltic archetypes, washed by the rivers and seas and surrounded by the sands of rhythmical time and the eternity of the constellations.
The twelve compositions of this album denote personal experiences on the historical sites dating back to the most prominent Prussian priests of the 16th century, Waltīn, Suplīt and Merūns. Undēina carries the symbols and the secrets of their memory through the chthonic maps of Aīsta from Klaipėda, Juodkrantė and Kretinga to Königsberg, Gdańsk, Allenstein, Rominta and Varėna…
All of the sounds on this album have been authentically sourced and gathered during trips to the forests, riverbanks, places of worship, abandoned forts and other sites. The fourth album from Romowe Rikoito has more layers when compared to the previous records, the album begins with a ritualistic ethnic atmosphere which is then gradually replaced by dark folk aesthetics. The music was recorded using only acoustic sources – guitars, violins, piano, percussion, kanklės, whistles, etc.
Most of the texts on “Undēina” are performed in the (un) forgotten and reborn Prussian language. Accompanied by waves of melancholy the sound of the ancient language offers an exclusively intense Baltic experience that cannot be described and perceived though scientific terms alone.
01. Intro: the beginning of the endless journey: the old end
02. Rantawa /play
03. The Holy Valley Swentagrēiwa /play
04. Königsberg: sounds from Glabis’s hill
05. Twānksta town /play
07. Merūns’s manor
08. Merūns’s forest
09. Skaītan /play
10. Morning Star in Dainava – in eastern lands
11. Undēina’s gift
12. Outro: the end of the endless journey: the new beginning
Upcoming in 2014:
DNG 044 – SIELA “Tremtyje” CD – re-release, darkwave rock.
DNG 045 – GIRIŲ DVASIOS CD – dub electonic..
DNG 036 – ANUBI “Mirties Metafora” LP – re-release of the legendary grotesque black metal masterpiece.