Irish Stew of Sindidun: Dare To Dream

Okay, I want to start off by saying that this is a great CD. This band is a tight, solid and cohesive group of musicians that create a sound so completely synchronized and in harmony with each other. I dig their sound… A lot.

Okay, with the editorial portion out of the way, Irish Stew of Sindidun is a six-piece, Celtic folk-punk outfit out of Belgrade in the former-Yugoslavian state of Serbia. Their instrumentation on this CD includes acoustic guitar, bass, drums, banjo, fiddle and tin whistle, with all of the lyrics in English, (albeit a somewhat accented one.)

Singer/whistler/chief songwriter Bojan Petrovic’s slightly nasally midrange tenor voice comes in so well connected to band’s sound and really carries the emotions of the songs with a lazy melancholy appropriately befitting the subject matter on ‘Dare To Dream,’ the band’s second full-length release.

The CD consists of twelve tracks; ten originals, two covers, and one instrumental. The songs on ‘Dare To Dream’ are not the “mug-swinging, sing-along” kind by a long shot. Instead the mood carried is a darker, introspective and brooding one with titles like ‘Blessed and Damned,’ ‘Pile of Sins,’ ‘Life Without Living On A Sunny Winter Day,’ ‘Memories,’ and ‘I Will Never (Be Your Friend.)’ The disc’s two cover tracks are traditional numbers; the fittingly somber ‘Carrickfergus,’ and the ironically happiest-sounding song on the disc, that traditional, toe-tapping little ditty about reclusive infanticide, ‘Weila, Waila.’

‘Dare To Dream’ comes off Celtic-sounding more in instrumentation and ornamentation than in it’s songs’ structure themselves, and, due to this, has me comparing this band to ‘The BibleCode Sundays,’ ‘The Mahones,’ and, to a lesser extent, ‘The GO Set.’ Not necessarily for their sound, but in the way that all elements work together so seamlessly to create a sound that begins in a Celtic-influenced light punk arena and bleeds into many different styles consistently.

It seems that most of these Slavic bands have remained in the more obscure corner of the genre; perhaps due to language or cultural differences, or perhaps due to the high cost of obtaining some of these bands’ material, But Irish Stew Of Sindidun is not one that should be overlooked.

2008

Review by Christopher Toler, THE Blathering Gommel

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