Magazine article New Internationalist

Stereocanto

Magazine article New Internationalist

Stereocanto

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Music

Stereocanto

by Fraser Fifield Tañar TANCD004 CD)

Prepare to ditch all preconceptions about Scots trad music. Low whistle, hornpipes, kaval (this a traditional Balkan flute) and practice chanter (and this a part of the Scots bagpiping set-up) are just a few of the instruments employed by Fraser Fifield on Stereocanto. This is the Scottish virtuoso's latest album and much of its charm is the music's capacity both to be within a local tradition and to soar outwards, making new links.

And Fifield does this with startling speed. On the album's eponymous opening track, a zappy few minutes - with so much percussion that you wonder about a leaky salsa somewhere - it stops almost dead to pull out into new instrumentation: pipes, yes, but also electro beats, fiddle, sax and bass too. …

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