I have a long history with Chaika’s music. From an early gig of theirs providing my very first opening slot with a throw together band, to their luscious harmonies accompanying my journey up and down the east coast on my musical adventures, they’ve shaped my idea of how music can sound and arranged. Not quite classical, not quite folk, not quite jazz, but somehow quintessentially all of them, Chaika truely are beyond genre.
The group recently released their 3rd album Arrow. Not only is this album stunningly composed, the flow of the tracks has been masterfully put together. Once the first track materialises, you can expect to be lead on an aural journey exploring the potential of their instrumental and compositional skill.
My personal favourite track on the album is track 3, colour song. I first heard this at Kangaroo Valley Folk festival (I think it was 2017). At the time it was still in development, so fresh the band was still tied to their sheet music. Between that initial listen and the albums release I heard colour song played maybe 3 or 4 times, each performance saw this composition change and morph in to the fully formed version on the album.
I can say with 98% unscientific certainty that if you enjoy classical music, jazz, European/Nordic folk, the Fleet Foxes, the Decemberists or The Deer Hunter you will probably enjoy this album. I say this from a place where Arrow scratches these particular musical itches.
This group of musicians represent so much of what I love about the Australian Folk scene. Their music is as multicultural as our society, super knowledgable about the context and history of the folk tunes they twist. They’re super tight (both recorded and live) and virtuosic, yet know how to create space and simplicity. Their instrument collection is also super impressive. Several members of the band are multi instrumentalists, leading to an eclectic array of aural colours and textures. They produce such an orchestral sound, which warms my little classically trained heart. Congrats on your album <3 Best one yet!
As promised, here’s my little outfit quip :) Mustard is not only becoming one of my favourite colours, but also one of my favourite colours to pair with my favourite colour - emerald green. To make this outfit look balanced I used a technique I’ve been calling “colour sandwiching”. This is where any dominant colour in the outfit is sandwiched between either neutral tones (black, white, eggshell) or other dominant colours.
I made the dress I’m wearing here - It’s one of my angry dresses, named after I sewed many of them the weekend of my last breakup. (Some eat chocolate, some chop off all their hair, I just make a tonne of clothes!)