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DeLeon

DeLeon

(Jdub; US: 12 Aug 2008; UK: Available as import)

Daniel Saks is the leader and brainchild of DeLeon, an assortment of Jewish musicians who combine the ancient Sephardic folk music from the Iberian Peninsula (before the Inquisition) with urban noise to create a bubbling stew. The melodies veer in and out of harmony in strange rhythms and tempos to create a modern cacophony with primeval echoes. The lyrics are sung in various languages including Spanish, Ladino, Hebrew, and English. The resulting mishmash has its strengths as it conveys a sense of global community where past and present are always with us. There is an order in the chaos that allows the music to be danced to, even if the different dancers move to the beats of different drummers. Communal anarchy has its merits, and this provides the soundtrack to the new old world disorder. Saks claims Animal Collective and the Talking Heads as influences, and the indie rock vibe is certainly present here.

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Steven Horowitz has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, where he continues to teach a three-credit online course on "Rock and Roll in America". He has written for many different popular and academic publications including American Music, Paste and the Icon. Horowitz is a firm believer in Paul Goodman's neofunctional perspective on culture and that Sam Cooke was right, a change is gonna come.


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