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by Moira Smiley & Voco

Post-folk vocal symphonies with the energy of street singing and the precision of a string quartet. original music with roots in eastern europe and Appalachia. Performers: Moira Smiley, Jessica Basta, John Ballinger, Jessica Catron, Christine Enns
Genre: World: Eastern European
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1. Deep Blue
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2. S'loyfn, S'yogn
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3. I Live in California
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4. A Sto Cemo
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5. Katie Cruel
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6. Dying Californian
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7. Stand in that River
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8. Boat BP
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9. Long Time Travelin'
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10. Our Time/Shout
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11. How Can I Cry
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12. Firecracker Girl
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13. Tryptophan Hand Jive
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14. Bartok #148
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15. Al Proci
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16. Utopia
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17. Esik Eso
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Album Notes
“Improvisational musicians Moira Smiley and VOCO weave banjo, cello and just a hint of funkiness into a night of unforgettable and unusual music. “ LA Alternative Press, March, 2005

“This is a truly phenomenal act, combining the energy of urban street singing with first-rate musicianship and folk roots and traditions from throughout the world. Their body percussion sets are a sight to behold.” Larry Wines, Folkworks Magazine, April 2005

Moira Smiley and VOCO is about the voice-as-instrument singing post-folk, improvisation-built ditties, ballads and dance songs. VOCO is Mouth Music and Soul. VOCO goes where the voice dances.

VOCO, a new band from Los Angeles, is the energy of street singing, the risks of improvisation with lush harmony and crooked rhythm. VOCO sings the amazing spectrum of the voice with unrivaled integrity and playfulness. Singing old and new song, VOCO draws on the wild, dark influences of Eastern Europe and Appalachia and the joyous, rebellious spirit of Soul and “mouth” music - music that mourns and dances at the same time.

Moira Smiley performs internationally as a composer/traditional singer of Eastern European, Irish and Appalachian song, and VOCO was born to bring her explorations into creative, physical performance. VOCO is utterly connected to the audience through participation, improvisation and percussive movement – their performances are joyous and moving. The unusual, rich and percussive combination of cello and banjo weave funk and grace into the vocals.



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Susan M.

This C.D. is incredible. If you love vocals, this is heaven. I cannot stop listening to it. I saw them in Colorado and they sound EXACTLY like they do on the recording but visually it's overwhelming when they start movement on stage and body percussion.
I would recommend this CD to anyone.


I was presently surprised. I saw this group this Summer live, absolutely incredible. I actually tingled the whole time during their roaring harmonies. Shook the room!


Recently I saw them at Ford Ampitheatre and was amazed with their crisp sound and Moira's compositions. Very sophisticated literature and beautiful voices - seem to have been matched since birth. Glad they met and became Voco.
Keep the music coming....

Rune Kjær Rasmussen

I recommend this cd without any buts. The atmosphere of the music, the way it is whirling and wondering, wandering and painting with sound is incredible. One of the most fascinating, light-inducing, free-spirited and just wonderful records I know now. Buy it if you like music which is a great fairytale for the soul.

River Drive

put on the headphones and be healed
Manna for hungry ears, and a wholesome antidote for postmodern exhaustion. If you are a lover of pure and vibrant sounds, you will be fed by this music. There are special treats for fans of traditional americana, irish & bulgarian folk, body percussion, etc. It's also very well recorded and mixed (amazing reverb!). VOCO takes ancient melodies and tonalities and pushes them right to the edges of modern imagination. This album has a broad tonal and cultural range. It's in the very very small group of albums I know that are able to transcend their own genres with that humble, but total artistic mastery you only get from years of sweat. This is a no-brainer. I heard A Sto Cemo on their MySpace and bought the album 5 minutes later. Now it's in the 'Geeenius' playlist in my iTunes library.

(NOTE: This CD is not distributed by River Drive Records or any of its affiliates. We listen to a lot of music, and when something comes along this good, we stand up and shout about it!)