10/12/19 Album Review which appears in Songlines Jan/Feb 2020 issue: Louisa Lyne & Di Yiddishe Kapelye – “LUST”.

Maestro Music (35 mins)

Winning Der Yiddisher Idol 2019 with fifth track, the keening ‘Trern’ (Tears), has brought Louisa Lyne and her group Di Yiddishe Kapelye into prominence. Released September 7th, this their third album has broad appeal thanks to an array of guest musicians, languages (Yiddish mostly, but also Swedish, English, Spanish and Hebrew) and world music styles. The arresting album title gives notice of its high drama and passion.

Born in Harnosand and now based in Malmo, Sweden, Lyne has said that for her, though not Jewish by birth, Yiddish was “love at first sight”.

Whilst Lyne composed four, and sings on all tracks on LUST, the album has many stand-out performances, not least DYK’s strings players and accordionist Edin Bahtijaragic. Senegalese kora player Maher Cissoko on ‘Innan Det Tar Slut’ (Before It Ends) and Colombian Marta Gomez singing Moyshe Leib Halpern’s poem, ‘Umru Mayne’ (My Unrest) are but two of the guests who augment the global feel of the album.

Not understanding Yiddish is unlikely to be a major drawback for listeners, given the interest of Lyne’s high, clear voice articulating the gruff, ancient-sounding Yiddish and the good quality production and musicianship of this up-beat world pop music.

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