Reviews on "Balk 'n' Roll":
Variety music in
Well this was quite amusing. A band of blues-jazz chaps being partial
to western guitars and gypsy jazz compose variety music in smoking blue
for an imaginary show, which you would like having seen now that youve
heard it. During several instrumental compositions Swing of Sahara raise
a cinematic atmosphere with rides across the prairie, beautiful women
wearing a boa
well, maybe its only me.
I would have liked it to be even more wild, even more dragging. They are
probably best at live concerts, but that too is exactly the way the album
Allehanda, May '06
Swing of Sahara - Balk n Roll
Ok, heres an album with a character of its own. The cover is like
taken from a comic book or a childrens book. Amongst the instruments
we hear a trumpet, a flugelhorn, a subdoublebassbalalajka (?!) and accordion.
Swing of Sahara are Danish, but they say they play music from a land of
fantasy somewhere between Balkan and South America. The record company
Heptown is Swedish, as we know. The music is in the best way described
through a genuine mixture of genres. You will find Surf-pop, Rock n
Roll, Jazz, Latin, Mexican, a bit of Western, and of course Balkan music.
Most of Balk n Roll is instrumental music, except
for a few pieces.
Does this sound divided? Well in writing it might seem so, but on an album
it works a lot better than you might expect in the first case. It takes
an open mind though to cope with the album in its entirety. Some of the
thirteen pieces appeal to me more than other and some parts are slightly
To mention some of the highlights it will be the twisted rock n
roll-hit El Canibal, the voice and the soft swing in Hajen
with its childish lyrics, and the optimistic melody in Spanjolskij.
But there is more to it, which you can enjoy, and if you need more than
that Swing of Sahara released the album Nothing Toulouse in 2003. Only
take a dive in this land of fantasy.
Music Magazine, May '06
Andreas Ugorskij guitars
Peter Dobronyi guitar, accordion and crooning
Ole Algreen Reimer trumpet and flugelhorn
Jesper Lund contrabass balalaika
Sigurd Djurhuus drums, percussion and assorted trash
Check some tunes
out from our latest CD "Balk 'n' Roll", out on Heptown Records:
Tlf: (+45) 26 29 18 64
Swing of Sahara