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Music Review: Axel Krygier – Pesebre

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Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the earth. Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the earth. Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the earth. Grant us peace.

The paschal lamb(agnus dei)  is featured in the cover art of Pesebre. Track five is the instrumental cover of the introductory prayer from the Catholic mass.  Pesebre is the first international release of Argentinian, Axel Krygier.  In addition to composing and producing his own work, Krygier is also a vocalist, plays several instruments and is a painter/illustrator.  The cover art as well as several pieces included in the liner notes are all from his hand.  Much of his painting is non-traditional and some may say reveals the influence of  Salvadore Dahli.  It can also be seen on the YouTube video clip of the title song, Pesebre”.

Pesebre means, “nativity”, or “manger” and is interpreted on the back cover by Krygier with modern day parents, a toddler playing a melodica, and an ox and sheep singing.  If I spoke his language, perhaps I could determine how much religious influence went into this project.  I enjoy opera without translations, so Krygier’s music can speak for itself.

Zydeco.  It reminded me of the Cajun music of my Louisiana home.  As is my custom, I listen to new music without reading the liner notes or press release just to get an unbiased first impression.  The first track is actually a cumbia number, called, “Cucaracha”.  Must have been the accordion because it sure had a South Louisiana flavor to me.

Bluegrass.  Track three, “Serpentea el Tren” is a taste of Argentine bluegrass! “The Winding Train” has a driving beat with a bluegrass feel of several string instruments, finger snapping, clapping, and what sounds like a jug.  Fits in easily here in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where we can hear bluegrass in the valley from our neighbor’s porch.

The fifty-one second “Agnus” segues into a wild klezmer (happy dance music) with a tropical beat.  Then as Jimi Hendrix sang, “You’ll never hear surf music again.” Krygier gives us a taste of Peruvian surf music the likes of which you may have never heard (track 9).

All in all, it’s an interesting listening experience that I recommend. Krygier is forming a new band in Paris for a tour to support the September 28 release of Pesebre which promises to spread his Argentine reputation around the globe.

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  • I have to agree with many of the plaudits greeting this album. I think it’s clear that Axel is one of the few people really breaking ground with Latin styles, while also creating great pop music. Pesebre pretty much prooves this!