Hungary, 1976, Hungarian folk / progressive folk
The first track—with its length, jarring transitions, and multi-sectional approach—is clearly the centerpiece for me. Strange it comes first, I guess. A couple of new (for me) instruments being used here: gardon and cornamuse. And others I love: zither, oboe, and flute. The close, controlled harmonies of the vocals are spot-on, true to their regional folk roots. I like this. I feel, though, like it’s restrained. Not bad. Just their style. No one is getting his hands dirty. It’s like going to Oktoberfest: the music is tight and clean, making sure everyone is having a good time. The last track brings more passion, what with the fiery strings that open the song.