18/02/2007

Rale - Rale (1994)

My favourite Rale album (and, probably, my favourite Czech album too).

«Rale arose in East Europe in the 1990s as the rockiest avatar of the legendary grou
p Dunaj. Bringing together musicians from folk, world, rock, improvised, and experimental music backgrounds, its music retains the delicate appeal of folk acoustic guitars, the complexity of avant-prog, and that distinctive touch of Czech rock.

Formed in 1993, Rale came to life through a chance meeting at that year’s MIMI Music Festival in Marseille, France. Dunaj guitarists Vladimir Vaclavek and Josef Ostransky befriended violinist Takumi Fukushima (who, among other things, collaborated with Volapuk on their third CD Polyglot) and French-Vietnamese singer and dancer Cynthia Phung-Ngoc. The four of them sat down to write material for a first album. Their various influences were cemented in East-European tradition, giving the band a sound somewhere at the crossroads of Dunaj, Iva Bittova (with whom Vaclavek recorded Bile Inferno), and Pavel Fajt’s Pluto. Lyrics were written and sung in English, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, Czech, and Japanese. Phung-Ngoc’s voice on record and presence on stage quickly gained the group a cult following in Europe. An eponymous album was released in 1994 on Wolf Records. The group was then expanded to a quintet with the arrival of cellist Andrea Konstankiewicz who emphasized Rale’s bite.» (AMG)

Link in comments (always appreciated)


9 comments:

guru_banana said...

Venez nombreux au forum des Papillons Noirs ;-)

Anonymous said...

rzwhcAnything from another great Czech group called Fermata?

Justin said...

Very enjoyable!

Sermo said...

Hello Radu, this looks very interesting, I don't know that yet. I love Dunaj, and for sure, everything Iva did. Do you happen to know, if somebody posted Dunaj somewhere?
I recently found some promising folk-rock band called Ahmed má hlad from the Czech republic and made a download bundle of what I found at my blog: http://arboribus.wordpress.com/2007/06/05/the-hungry-ahmed-or-panslavism-revisited/
Maybe you're interested...

Radu said...

Hello Sermo,
thanx for the link. I've just downloaded Ahmed... I'll tell you. Hope you like Rale. By the way, I find your blog very interesting, I'm going to add it to my bloglist, hope you don't mind.

Cheers, Radu

Radu said...

NEW LINK:

http://tinyurl.com/4gb7kn

Anonymous said...

Link not working ?

Aleksandar Kojić said...

PLEASE RE-UP !!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Reup please