From Belarus comes the instrumental trio Port Mone and the Ukrainian ethno band DakhaBrakha to combine their musical talents on this latest release. The album, "Khmeleva Project" was originally released back in 2012 on the Polish independent label Hermetic Garage, but is gaining attention due to the push of the Ukrainian agency ArtPole.
The 9-song album has three songs that run past the 9-minute mark as the quietness of the songs like “Vesnyanky” and “Vanyusha” demand your attention, but also allows your mind to flow freely. The opening song, “Kpyny” and “Dyado” are very upbeat and show the band in top form. While I’m not very familiar with the World Music genre, songs like “Yelena” place you right in the heart of their country. The album closes with the 10-plus minute “Tonke Derevo” as Port Mone add a dance beat to their music to give it a more general appeal.
Port Mone have a couple of shows lined up in March to take place in Lithuania and Poland. To find out more about this group, please visit their website at portmonetrio.com.