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OLGA "Kiss Your Blues Away"

As Matteo Bossi has pointed out in his remarks about the Blues, each time a new name emerges within the sterile world of international blues music, the listener is taken by curiosity, has great expectations and sometimes gets disappointed. This is not the case with Olga, the blond Californian with Austrian roots, who with KISS YOUR BLUES AWAY presents us a very interesting workpiece, a synthesis between the Mississipi fever and metropolitan fervour. Olga has been enchanted by the black queen of Sanatobia, Jessie Mae Hemphill, has turned to the WROX studios in Clarksdale to registrate KISS YOUR BLUES AWAY with the company of the acknowledged heirs of Kimbrough andBurnside. And the results follow their footsteps starting with the very first note.

The typical traditional groove of the Northern hills melts with the vivid, docile and sensual voice of Olga. The disk is calm and vivid and sticks to the same moods throughout the 13 original compositions, with occasional excursions to the territory of open-hearted folk-pop, eg. "for the love of music", and always with great sensitiveness. Among her best tracks, I especially remember "say, babe" with fundamental support of Jimbo Mathus on the guitar; "you don't know" based on the most classical of riffs and "it's just the devil in you" which is characterized by a scratching voice that reminds her mentor. Altogether, after all the development in electronic and punk music, the big hypnotizing blues of the Northern hills with Olga has found a new dimension of folk which is a testimony of the evocative power of the genre.

-Giandrea Pasquinelli



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