La Cantiga Del FuegoArc Music
Journalists have compared Alcaide to Enya and Loreena McKennitt, and certainly, I can hear those comparisons. However, I would add Arianna Savall, a Catalan harpist/vocalist to this list. Alcaide sings in a Mediterranean voice and you can hear Southern Spain dripping from her lips, but her musical approach includes international instruments in which she moulds a soundscape that compares to an exotic tapestry. You’ll hear oud and santur, along with Jewish clarinet, accordion, Spanish bagpipes, electric bass, percussion, and I swear I heard didgeridoo on one of the songs, Queen Ester, even though it isn’t listed in the credits. This song sounds like it came straight off a Gjallarhorn album (a Nordic band that plays traditional instruments and songs from Sweden and Finland).
The songs all flow smoothly into each other. However, if you listen closely, preferably through headphones, you will hear intricate rhythms, delicate interludes, and exquisite vocal phrasing. From haunting ballads to the wedding song, Ay que Casas! which features Spanish bagpipes and a Bulgarian 9/8 rhythm, we can see why European music audiences sent this CD to the top of the World Music Chart. This leaves me wondering what other types of music we would find on Toledo's streets.