NU & APA NEAGRĂ


(...)Imagine a perpetual unfolding of rustic events, hencoop cameos of sound, backporch playlets of banjo and mandolin, cascading bursts of some unknown reed instrument, sh-sh-shaking streams of bubbling single-note penny flute, then huge unleashings of ecstatic reed organ from the bowels of the earth. At times, it’s as though some Irish reel band had been forced, threatened and coerced into playing just the one monotonous chord, deeply dark and funereal as Sturmpercht at their most threatening. The final near 20-minute track ‘The Black Water’ unites all of the previous explorations, conflating them into one glorious and transcendental piece. Catch these high achievers at the excellent German label The Lollipop Shoppe and score your own copy immediately.
Julian Cope / headheritage.co.uk

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This is the 2nd record by this very special group who make what I would call “otherworldly” music. This 6 track, 42min journey takes one through many different strange places and worlds influenced by Romanian and Turkish folklore and sounds. It is a very difficult CD to describe. The opening track is quite short called Roosters First singing where you get introduced to the sound and vibe of the journey. A Pilgrim is 8½ mins and features some effected string instruments, bells, basic drum beat, and far out effected voices come in and out at different times as it drones along. The hum drone slowly grows as the track progresses and this fades into an almost like bluegrass guitar-banjo like section (saz?). The Rooster’s 2nd singing is next and quite psychedelic as the incantation is growing. Another Pilgrim is has a mix of different types of sounds and strings like the Pilgrim is passing through another town or another phase of life but the vibe is the same. Glockenspiel, pipes, ringing bowls, zither, all kinds of instruments are used on these recordings. Towards the end a female voice (clear) sings softly and slowly as the drone becomes more intense and another voice starts in the background, almost like the Pilgrim has entered into a dream. The Rooster’s third singing passes by very fast as you lead into the Black Water, which is an 18min final journey. It starts with some electronic synth like sounds and it is quite spacey before some string instruments enter into the sound, as do other curious sounds. Some flute like sounds come in about half way and the synths also return as you move further and further away from reality.
 Scott aka. Dr. Space
writingaboutmusic.blogspot.com

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Das Spiel der Rumänen ist nach wie vor improvisatorischer Natur; die Klänge, die durch die Weiten des Raumes ziehen, schwanken zwischen psychedelischer Halluzination und einer Folklore, die Elemente aus dem Balkan und dem Orient bis an den Ganges vereint. Die Vielzahl exotischer Instrumente unterstützt den Verlust von Vertrautheit. Der Hörer verliert sich schnell in den eigentümlichen, collagenhaft wirkenden Tonfolgen. Diese Mischung aus Elektronischem und Akustischem, aus sphärischem Weltall und archaischer Agrarkultur macht den speziellen Reiz der Musik von Nu & Apa Neagra aus und schließt diese zugleich an die moderne Electronic-Folk-Szene an.(...)Die Musik auf „Black Water Incantation“ ist kompromisslos, verwirrend und sehr eigen. Scheinbar gegensätzliche Einflüsse vermischen sich im Fluss des Spiels zu einem schillernden Ganzen, das gleichwohl schwer zugänglich bleibt. Nur für Abenteurer des Inner Space... 
Christian Rode @ http://www.babyblaue-seiten.de/album_12243.html ..................................................................................................................
Nu & Apa Neagră creates more something of a sound ritual. It has something mystic, a brooding cloudy or wateryatmosphere of folk, loops, reverbs. With multiple layers that ever change this is on the edge of a certain chaos orentropy, the creative improvisation of melody, the ever changing evolution still pulls this forward to life, like a cloudy pond with a voice.(...)The keyboards and electronics also take over a more dominant role near the end, the ritual still keepssomething shamanistic, something of a deep in the forest folk origin peeps through, the cloudy dark mists of a swampkeeps it unclear and at a distance from the origin. Despite creating on top and on top of that, the album very quickly ends rather abruptly, the cloudy visions remain hanging in the air…
Gerald Van Waes, Psychevanhetfolk, Jan. 2012: Nu & Apa Neagră - Descântecul Apei Negre 
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Okay, I'm gonna commence this new decade's reviews section with the extraordinary OMAG, a wild sonic journey performed by Romanian quintet Nu & Apa Neagra. Recorded in Berlin with an arsenal of exotic instruments - reeds, sitars, clarinets, jew's harps and cobzas - this stupendous record effortlessly achieves the heights of early Faust and Plastic People of the Universe, without once resorting to sonic plagiarism. Perhaps it's the canny combination of field recordings, ring modulators, samples and real instrumentation that so keeps listeners on their toes; or maybe it's the overtly psychedelic and ever-shifting Dieter Dierksian mixdown. But whatever the answer is, the most exhilarating aspect of this whole album is the manner in which stunning new sounds just keep on unfolding and unfolding. Like Ace Ventura's mythical rebirth from the asshole of a plastic rhinoceros, all of Nu & Apa Neagra's outpourings on this record are vigorously tidal, charmingly far-fetched and highly novel in a catchy bastard manner. So do please search out this remarkable sonic beast or access the band themselves at www.nu-apa-neagra.ro.

(-) Julian Cope, Head Heritage, Jan. 2010 


































































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