In a digital world, where song titles often get lost, the tracklisting on Tierro Band’s latest album Allurement serves as points on a map or, more specifically, a globe, as the record takes listeners on a circumnavigational adventure around the world. In divided times, Allurement shows all of the similarities in our vast differences as a species.
From the Arabic-flavored “Zahir,” to the Eastern-European leaping, dance-inducing “Gypsy,” to the disco-driven north African spice of “Morocco,” and the Caribbean-tinged “Isla Mujeres,” Allurement follows a common thread across continents and cultures.
The band — which features lead guitarist and band namesake Tierro Lee and former Elephant Revival violinist Bridget Law — said that the new album arrives “on a floating carpet, powered by a magical genie,” and like Aladdin’s famed carpet ride Allurement showcases a whole new world.
Their friend Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon said the record is “a Burning Man trance rave, suitable for deserts anywhere.” And The String Cheese Incident’s Michael Travis said that Allurement is “strikingly hypnotic” adding that it’s “intensely tribal and honest with a perfect nod to electronic idioms that are pulsing through our festival culture.”
Law’s floating fiddle work is obviously front and center throughout, but the interplay between her soaring solos and Lee’s deft guitar work allow the material to take deep breaths in the valleys between the peaks. The group’s rhythm section though, of bassist Charles Parker, drummer Jonny Jyemo and table player Nabin Shrestha form such a crucial backbone for the material and elevate it from interesting instrumental to fascinating world dance spectacle.
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