In the Wake is comprised of nine original compositions and original arrangements of Eastern European folk songs. The sophomore album of Blato Zlato explores concepts relating to their home state of Louisiana and its relationship to water, weather, and tangible effects of climate change, yet the musical structures are clearly rooted in Bulgarian folklore, maintaining odd time signatures, modal melodies, and traditional instrumentation.
The band's signature combination of three-part swirling vocal harmonies layered on top of a full instrumental ensemble is consistent with their first release, Swamp Gold, but the sophomore album goes on to explore new terrain with more original compositions, developed improvisations, and emotionally-driven and politically-relevant lyrics.
Recorded at Piety Street Recording Studios in Henderson, LA, by Chris Bloch and Mark Bingham, and at NOLA Recording Studios in New Orleans, LA, by Mike Harvey. Mixed and mastered by Dave Cook, Area 52 Studios. Produced by Blato Zlato. Cover artwork by Magda Boreysza. Photography by Sarrah Danziger. Logo design by John Rushing. Liner notes watercolor by Lou Carrig. Album and liner notes graphic design by Annalisa Kelly. Lyrics translation by Boyanna Trayanova and Demetre Qitria.
Thank you to all of our Kickstarter backers, Demetre Qitria, Ensemble Adilei, Donka Koleva, Radka Stefanova, Isabel Sokol-Oxman, Ena Day and family, Sasho Nasev, Mark Carrig, James Corbyn, Sarah Jacques, Hunter King, and all our BZ family and friends.
Hailing from the swampy city of New Orleans, Louisiana, Blato Zlato draws inspiration from the old world melodies and
village-style dance rhythms of Eastern Europe. Three-part vocal harmonies swirl and swell over hard-hitting instrumentals, making for a dynamic and trance-inducing auditory experience....more
A really cool combination of very different sounds: blues, jazz, rock, and some of the music that the label Sahel Sound proposes. It's beautifully crafted and well recorded. Lend it an ear and you won't be disappointed Thibaut Devigne