2000: UPE Records UPE CD 016
This was the first Iļģi album I ever heard, but it wasnt my first exposure to Latvian folk music, just to its potential power when presented in a contemporary context. In fact I was astonished to realize that I recognized part of the very first trackKas Varēja Grožus Vītbecause Iļģi musically quoted a song Id heard once before in a more traditional arrangement (the title track from their earlier album Saules Meita).
Anyway, Sēju Vēju has a number of surprisingly hot tracks; the title song is lots of fun to sing along with (and thats made possible by the inclusion of the Latvian lyrics with flanking English translations), and the opening track pulses along quite robustly, but the final track is a gas both on the album and in concert.
Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.