Retrograd (Tutl Shd67, 2004)
Hailing from Denmark, Afengin do not play what you would expect from a Nordic country. Instead, the band plays breakneck polkas, Klezmer sounds and other types of music with an unconventional line-up. Sure, there is the required clarinet and violin, but there is also mandolin and mandola, xylophone and many other instruments. This is certainly not the ballroom dance music of your grandparent’s generation.
Afenginn also has a taste for fun and theatrics. The CD comes with two high-speed
music videos featuring the musicians setting up a rehearsal and gobbling up food
at a restaurant. It recalls the the era of silent film comedies.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.