Once again, this is why I love the Album Listening Club. I had never heard of Balkan Beat Box before one of our club members suggested them and this record.
Nothing. Not sure where I would have heard of them, but from listening to their album, it’s something I probably would have read about in Spin – If Spin were still a magazine, and I still read it, and it was still relevant. (Sorry, Spinners. You’ve devolved into the kind of bullshit clickbait articles and celebrity worship that I refuse to click on.)
The band itself is from Israel and consists of three core musicians, Ori Kaplan, Tamir Muskat, and Tomer Yosef. This album was recorded in Romania and from my listens has lots of musical influences from that area of the world, the Middle East and Balkan states. (Big surprise from the band name, right?)
So, now that we’ve heard of them – let’s do what we do & chat it up!