Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Jeff's Best of 2020 - #6: Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn - Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn

This one came to me as a surprise. While I've been a fan of Abigail Washburn for some time, Wu Fei was new to me. Boy, did I miss the boat. This is as much a beautiful music history lesson as it is a goreous cultural exchange. It's high art for folkies, and it's just so pretty.

Every time I listened to this, I felt transported. That's rare in the event of many albums, but as someone who is just as likely to reach for a pop album or some three chord punk, I shouldn't love the sort of interplay between American and Chinese folk standards. Yet I still find something new in each listen. I really love this record, and if you haven't heard it yet, you should, too.

Songs of note: "Water is Wide / Wusuli Boat Song (乌苏里船歌)," "The Roving Cowboy / Avarguli (阿瓦尔古丽)."

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