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Portugal's Dazkarieh belongs to a class of sonic explorers who aren't content with the music within their national boundaries -- or who perhaps realize that the best music is created when it slams into other cultures. Listening to Dazkarieh is an exercise in contradictions: one minute the band's bouzouki player is fingering his way through an instrumental run that sounds decidedly Irish (thanks in part to neighboring Galicia's Celtic heritage), the next the singer's Portuguese song rolls in a stately rhythm that owes more to Classical Arabic music than anything else. (Scandanvian folk makes an appearance, too.) If it sounds like a disorienting listening experience, it's not. Though the band's been through different sounds, and the press has labeled it as both a Celtic and gothic folk act, the group's instrumental dexterity and striking lead singer hold it all together. In recent years, the Dazkarieh have reoriented themselves, returning to classic Portuguese folk for inspiration and using the work of authors like Tiego Torres da Silva in their lyrics.
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