In 2010 the first The Key Of Sea compilation debuted with established Australian artists pairing up with some fine but lesser known ethnic musicians. Two years on and the second installment again embraces the collaborators’ diverse backgrounds and heritage with a warm bear hug by thumbing the racist idea that some people should “Go back to where they came from”.
Volume II offers 11 new tracks that are as diverse as an Afghan love poem presented as a mournful love song (“Az Eshq Tho”); a wonderfully weird, Kurdish space epic, “Come Along”; some dance music by the beach in “Islands” and a layered, Crazy Horse-infused grunge song by Kim Salmon and Waleed Aly.
The compilation is a fun, if varied one with traditional instruments like the bouzouki and baglama played alongside Cambodian and Filipino choirs and artists like: Paul Kelly, Jinja Safari and Lanie Lane. In short, The Key Of Sea is an excellent celebration of both the present and varied lines of tradition that come together as we share our lives in our great island home.
Originally published on 29 November 2012 at the following website: http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/reviews/music/34329/Various–The-Key-Of-Sea-2
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