Laboratorium Pieśni – “Ой ляцелі жураўлі” (Oh, The Cranes Were Flying By).

Hi guys! 🙂

Recently I’ve been trying to find some new and interesting Slavic folk music that I could love, and one of the bands that are among my newest and most liked discoveries iS laboratorium Pieśni. They are from Poland, from Gdańsk more exactly, and this is a band singing traditional folk music, with a bit of a spiritual feel, mostly from Slavic countries and in Slavic languages, but also Balkanian, Caucasian or Scandinavian. The band consists of all females, and they sing either acapella or with some traditional instruments particularly drums. I find their music really powerful and energetic, and like the connection to nature that is present in it and how full of emotions their music is. The song I want to show you is the first song of theirs that I heard and that have drawn my attention to them, and it’s in Belarussian. I think it’s mesmerising!

Kraja – “Jag Såg Dig” (I Saw You).

And because today is International Women’s Day, I thought it could be a good idea to share some music by a female music group. And I chose Swedish folk music group called Kraja, consisting of four very talented women. I’ve heard from someone that if an artist wants to proof how good he/she is, they should sing something acapella. Those women sing all their repertoire acapella, as far as I know, and sound so beautiful, their voices harmonise so well together. THey are from Umeå in the north of Sweden, and the name of their band means “the place that one misses/longs for” in Sami. I love all those untranslatable words, and it’s surprising how many of them refer to longing of some kind. The band consists of Lisa and Eva Lestander, Frida Johansson and Linnea Nilsson, and as far as I know their repertoire is all traditional.