|ARNICA Mascaradas 7"
Ltd.Ed. 150 Special Package
Second in the 7" series on Fronte Nordico. Àrnica is a folk project from Catalunya known for their brilliant album on Percht/Steinklang as well as a few minor releases and compilation tracks released mostly on another Steinklang offshoot Ahnstern. Using a lot of handmade instruments from the different areas of Europe, first of all from ist Southern regions, they create an authentic sound atmosphere of ancient folk rites, some of which are still alive in different rural and mountain settlements. Their versions of two such Spanish carnivals are presented here on this 7" – «La Vijanera» from Cantabria and «Trangas» from Aragon. Original samples of sound recordings made on these fiestas are mixed with Arnica's own vocal and instrumental parts, recreating the dark and mysterious feel of these gloomy winter masquerades. On top of this, the release includes good quality full colour pics from both carnivals to make the effect of presence complete.