Kin Za Za
Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Ethereal, with a smattering of Celtic folk and pop
Most recent release, number one in shambala (2001)
See album comments below
Recommended first album:
number one in shambala is their debut
number one in shambala (2001)
2001—Sense Records—kzz 001
See website for availability
Recommended for fans of ethereal music
Dimitri Soukonnov ("Dimi")—lyrics and all non-vocal dimensions (guitars, piano, synthesizers, loop construction, bass)
There's a chain of stores that are in many upscale malls called Fire and Ice. They specialize in beautiful baubles made out of minerals: topaz, fool's gold, amethyst, amber and malachite. The things they sell, like chess sets, or Egyptian deities, are exquisitely made, but you wonder exactly where you'd put them. The store also has a vague New Age affectation, as if it has to justify itself. Kin Za Za's debut CD reminds me of Fire and Ice. The music they make is exquisite, well-crafted New Age pop; imagine Enya vectored in the direction of Mandalay. Dimitri Soukonnov crafts intricate tapestries of electronic and acoustics, often augmented by cellos, the harmonium, accordion and violins. It's beautiful, and shimmering, and smooth; the melodies add enough left turns to keep it from being too predictable. Jozy Fever has a gorgeous voice, classically-trained and pure—at times, it recalls Loreena McKennitt or Louisa John-Krol.
Thanks to Craig Gidney for work on this entry.
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