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The first in 4 years Magic Carpathians' album is available also as a vinyl LP. The recording session started in 2013 - we took time to craft the acoustic, ethno-inspired, psychedelic journey to the primordial realms of interspecies communication. This is why the compositions on the album bear names of particularly important plants (or their parts) which imbued us with the vision of another world. We called this endeavor "symbiotic music".
On a more physical realm the music comes from a plethora of instruments, both acoustic and analog electronic, such as the collection of traditional Carpathian woodwinds (Slovakian fujara and Hucula trumpet), luur trumpet from Scandinavia, modified santoor dulcimer, kueezee gongs from Myanmar, Chinese guizheng, Indian dilruba to name just a few. Magic Carpathians also employs the newly invented acoustic instruments, such as daxophone (design of which has been inspired by Hans Reichel) or tank drum. Home-made, analog sound generators are accompanied by Moog synthesizer, modified electric organ and energetic bass guitar.

"this is a fucking incredible album and I’m overjoyed to be reviewing it."

"This is possibly the greatest music I’ve ever heard from Poland barring Chopin. It’s an album you absolutely need to hear. If it wasn’t so enrapturing I’d say it’s a masterpiece of relaxing background music but, it transcends both the background and the foreground as an all encapsulating listen. I can almost imagine running through the woods to this track delirious and blissed out with feathers in my hair and paint dripping down my face. Lost in a wilderness of euphoria chanting and throat singing in tribal sublimity."
Chad Murray, Echoes and Dust, January 2015

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released October 20, 2015

Music & words: Anna Nacher, Marek Styczyński
Recorded 2013-2014 Piotr Pietrzak NS Studio / 2015 Aleksander Wilk Studio 2000
Mastering by Aleksander Wilk, Kraków
Production: World Flag Records - LP/CD 047/2015

Magic Carpathians:
Anna Nacher – voice (1,2,4,5), guitars (2,3,4,6), tampuras (2,5,6), tscheng (guizheng) (5)
Marek Styczyński – Carpathian flutes and trumpet (2,3,4), luur trumpet (2), daxophon (4,5,6) santoor (5), Moog synthesizer (2,3,5), sound generators & motophon (6), kyeezee gongs (5), uchiwa daiko (5,6), tank drum (2), (2,3,4,5,6), voice (5)

Contributing musicians:
Małgorzata Tekiel – bass guitar, 8-strings bass guitar (1,2,5)
Jan Kubek – tabla, cajon, cimbals (2,3)
Michał Litwiniec – dilruba (3)
Dawid Adrjanczyk – modified electric organs (5)
Rafał Ruff Libner – didjeridu (1)
Maciek Frett – electronic beats (4)

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Magic Carpathians Project Kraków, Poland

Active since 1998. Mournful vocals, eerie woodwinds, hypnotic drones, primal rythms, noise collages, rich sonic tapestries.
Singer/guitarist Anna Nacher exceptional vocal expression is built on techniques of throat singing developed across Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Marek Styczynski employs a Turkmen hydjak or prepared dulcimer accompanied with home made analog sine wave modulators.
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