Olev Muska – Laulik-Elektroonik: Explorations in Estonian Electronic Folk Music - The First Years, 1979-1983
One of the gems of Left Ear Records’ recent Antipodean Anomalies compilation is Olev Muska’s “Karjapoisi Lugu (A Shepherd's Tale),” a firecracker creation that merges influences from the artist’s Estonian heritage with swiftly marching computer programmed drums. Not surprisingly, there is plenty more work from that wellspring, which Frotee Records has thankfully organized into Laulik-elektroonik: Explorations In Estonian Electronic Folk Music, The First Years (1979-1983). Reflecting the influence of 70s and 80s Australian melting pot psychedelia and his studies at Sydney’s National Art School, Muska reimagines Estonian folk songs through the language of synthesizers and vocoders. Sometimes maddenning, sometimes silly, often bizarre and beautiful.