‘Long Lost Home’ from Daria Kulesh “... an indisputable privilege to fall into its embrace”(January 23, 2017)
Some singers have the ability to pour their being into song. Those that possess that talent, combined with the strength and vulnerability to do so, create an experience that brings the audience terrifyingly close to the passion in their soul. Daria Kulesh has both the fragile openness and potency of lyric to achieve such musical intimacy with a ‘oneness’ that enables her to personify both singer and song. Her latest solo album, ‘Long Lost Home’ takes that enchanted flair, connects with her personal heritage and cultural history to carry the listener along with the clear-sightedness of an artist that ‘lives’ the message.
The ethereal and eerie percussive tones of ‘Tamara’ lead into this magical album, from there ‘The Moon and the Pilot’ reveals sorrow few can imagine, before ‘Safely Wed’ and ‘Amanat’ divulge their own disturbing tales. Daria has a purity of voice that makes the telling of these stories both moving and distressing ... and quite simply you experience all the emotion that’s expressed. The simply articulated anguish of ‘Distant Love/ Gyanar Bezam’ touches the soul, while the powerful accusations and exacting truths of ‘The Panther’ and ‘Like a God’ are amplified as Daria’s voice adopts a commanding presence. There’s true intuitive feeling here, words and music from the heart ... one listen to ‘Only Begun’ is evidence enough.
Using human experience, particularly her grandmother’s homeland of Ingushetia in the Caucasus Mountains, ‘Long Lost Home’ relates harrowing narratives of deportation, oppression, loss and fear in a truly human way. And yet , despite the sadness, the fire remains, the fervour of an indomitable spirit burning with a fierce desire.
With ‘Long Lost Home’ Daria Kulesh delivers an aural masterpiece of intensity ... reflecting resilience, compassion and understanding. With a potency of voice and exceptional musicians, it is an indisputable privilege to fall into its embrace.
Review: Tim Carroll