Ilgi | Isakas nakts dziesmas / Songs of the Shortest Night

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Isakas nakts dziesmas / Songs of the Shortest Night

by Ilgi

Celebrate the summer solstice with the leader of Latvian postfolk.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Visu gadu Janits naca
4:22 $0.99
2. Visu gadu Janits jaja
3:25 $0.99
3. Janu mates pagalma
5:47 $0.99
4. Sit, Janiti, vara bungas
3:01 $0.99
5. Saule brida miglajos
3:25 $0.99
6. Labvakar, rudzu lauks
3:49 $0.99
7. Te staigaj'si Jana berni
3:40 $0.99
8. Ta sacija, ta bij tiesa
4:06 $0.99
9. Janu dancis
3:21 $0.99
10. Visi ziedi izziedeja
3:26 $0.99
11. Ligojam, ligojam
4:02 $0.99
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Album Notes
World Music Central called ILGI "stylish and energetic" and its sound "smart and savvy" in its album review. "ILGI is part and parcel of a fresh wave of contemporary folk that offers a fresh and fanciful slant to traditional music." Rootsworld found ILGI a "little crunchier on this release than in the past, with grinding fiddles, wailing pipes, more assertive drumming, and thrashier guitars" without losing "the ethereal side that made earlier releases so appealing." fRoots gave it a thumbs up as it dubbed ILGI "Latvia's leading roots band."

"Isakas nakts dziesmas" ("Songs of the Shortest Night") is ILGI's 12th album. The shortest night is at the summer solstice, celebrated as "Jani" in Latvia. ILGI depicts traditional preparations and festivities from dusk until dawn through Latvian folk songs arranged in the band's postfolk style. The result is simultaneously ancient and modern.

1. Visu gadu Janits naca / Janis Came All Year (Anticipating the summer solstice)
2. Visu gadu Janits jaja / Janis Rode All Year (On a tall steed, the world beneath his brim)
3. Janu mates pagalma / In Janis' Mother's Courtyard (Three silver springs, three silver oaks)
4. Sit, Janiti, vara bungas / Janis, Beat the Copper Drum (Summoning guests with drums and horns)
5. Saule brida miglajos / The Sun Waded in the Mist (Chasing away witches and werewolves)
6. Labvakar, rudzu lauks / Good Evening Rye Field (Beauty of blooming fields)
7. Te staigaj'si Jana berni / Janis' Children Were Here (Invited by hilltop bonfires)
8. Ta sacija, ta bij tiesa / The Shortest Night
9. Janu dancis / A Dance for Jani
10. Visi ziedi izziedeja / All Flowers Blossomed (Ferns bloom only at Jani)
11. Ligojam, ligojam / Let's Ligo (Sun and dew the next morning; "Ligo" is a common Jani song refrain)



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