The world is shrinking, but the result transcends culture clashes and job losses. That's where A Hawk and a Hacksaw comes in: The duo may hail from New Mexico, but it only needs a few seconds to evoke images of horn-wielding Gypsies and foggy mountain villages in "Foni tu Argile." Throughout its new album, Delivrance, the duo's devilishly tight sounds seem to emerge straight out of the Balkans.
- Song: "Foni tu Argile"
- Artist: A Hawk and a Hacksaw
- CD: Delivrance
- Genre: Folk/Klezmer
In "Foni tu Argile," A Hawk and a Hacksaw's devilishly tight sounds seem to emerge straight out of the Balkans.
In "Foni tu Argile," A Hawk and a Hacksaw's devilishly tight sounds seem to emerge straight out of the Balkans. Adam Faraday
It might seem as if A Hawk and a Hacksaw is opting out of Western music altogether, but there are other Americans in its flock; Man Man, DeVotchKa and Beirut also have their ears pointed East. Still, A Hawk and a Hacksaw's devotion appears to run deeper than most. Its members — Heather Trost and former Neutral Milk Hotel drummer Jeremy Barnes — both demonstrate a passion for this music that translates into a bounty of viola, cimbalom and accordion.
Of course, Barnes and Trost couldn't pull off such a rich sound by themselves. They collaborate heavily with a rotating cast of European musicians who help bring out A Hawk and a Hacksaw's most compelling attribute: authenticity.
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