We all have pretty fixed ideas about what Christmas music should be about, yet, Ensemble Voyagers’ latest release “El Cant dels Ocells” (translation: the Song of the Birds) has taken it right back to the origins of tradition. The end result? A hauntingly atmospheric offering of traditional music which won’t fail to captivate you through the mesmeric vocals which accompany the acoustic instrumentals through the tentative yet cinematic progression. El Cant dels Ocells is both a traditional Catalan Christmas song and a lullaby which celebrates the birth of Jesus. So, whilst it’s slightly more pious than your average Christmas single, it’s infinitely more authentic.
You’ll have to wait a little bit longer to check out El Cant dels Ocells, but in the meantime, why not head over to Spotify and check out some of their earlier medievally inspired, contemporarily reinvented soundscapes?
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Review by Amelia Vandergast