US - California - Full Moon 75 - 11/20/02
World Class Records/Hearts of Space
Lumin is vocalist Irina Mikhailova and musicians Jeffrey Stott and Michael Emeneau. They play
what might be called world music with a very modern feel.
The opener "Stiga" is hypnotic and lush with an enchanting lead vocal. It lands close to latter
period Dead Can Dance. The plaintive "Zamak" is driven by a techno beat and Mikhailova's lovely
"Hadra" has Jeffrey Stott playing the oud and several other exotic intruments and the song
creates an Arabian Nights flavoured mood. The lenghty song edges into Natacha Atlas territory.
Mikhailova is just as expressive a singer as Atlas is. "Vchera Minah" is more traditional folk
than the rest of the cd, but it's just as good. It's somewhat like the music of the great Hungarian
singer Marta Sebestyen. Hadra is an exciting listen. It might be the sound of world music's
Copyright © 2002 Anna Maria Stjärnell