Strom, Yale & Hot Pstromi / City Of The Future
Album: City Of The Future   Collection:World
Artist:Strom, Yale & Hot Pstromi   Added:Mar 2016
Label:Arc Music Inc.  

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Add Date: 2016-03-06 Pull Date: 2016-05-08 Charts: Reggae/World
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City Of The Future

Album Review
Margy Kahn
Reviewed 2016-03-02
City of the Future – Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi

Yale Stom and musical compatriots unearth and re-create the songs from the Yiddish culture that was thriving in the USSR of the 1930's; reminiscent of “Partisans of Vilna,” album of songs from the Jewish resistance in WWII, although not as emotional and not yet disillusioned with Soviet policies

NO FCC's; favorite tracks: 4, 6, 8, 9, 19

1- 3:36 – nice intro with clarinet, violin, etc. --about the worker behind the work

2-3:21-- “Red Army” – a capella harmony with percussion

3-5:23-- more upbeat klezmerish sound w/growly dialogue between baritone sax and fiddle

*4-3:10-- pretty song about sledding with female vocalist and guitar shows off earthiness and onomatopoeia of Yiddish

5—3:59-- ballad of a socialist hero/martyr in mixed harmony; piccolo weaves in and out

*6-3:36- “Girls at the Machines” - nice rhythm; female vocalists sing of labor and the Comintern

7-3:22- male voices sing in harmony, slow marching rhythm

*8-2:36- nice intro with whistle and balalaika –ode to builders

**9-4:33 – “City of the Future,” paean to a socialist workers utopia; upbeat accordion

10-2:38 – dirge about Lenin's death

11-3:42-- “My Youth” with solo male vocalist and balalaika tremulo

12-5:29—starts with dissonance – song about the Red Guard

13-2:30- “This Will Be Our Final Struggle” – a little dour

14-1:50--”Song of the Collective Farmer” – seriously

15-6:52 – paean to a tractor driver with long instrumental interlude

16-2:39-- “A Well” – sweet choral piece about the beauty of a well

17-6:21 – fond remembrance of the October revolution in the Soviet style with baritone,chorus& flute

18-1:46--”Luminous Detachments” --klezmer sound – fiddler and baritone sax play off each other

*19-4:18 –unison female singers start off “Factory Song” with ay-yay-yay-yay-yay

Track Listing
1. Who Did It   10. Village Pain
2. Red Army   11. My Youth
3. Young Forces Grow   12. The Young Guard
4. On The Slope   13. This Will Be
5. Hirsh Lekert   14. The Song Of The Collective Farmer
6. Girls Sweing At Machines   15. Not To Worry
7. A Stone On A Stone   16. A Well
8. Among The Highest   17. October
9. City Of The Future   18. Luminous Detachments
  19. Factory Song