Las Hermanas Caronni
Navega Mundos


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"The third album from the Argentinian sisters, now living in a France, is a wonderfully unexpected, spare joy. Two voices that enjoy the perfect synchronicity only siblings can manage, and some unlikely instrumentation (Gianna on clarinet and bass
clarinet, while Laura contributes cello and violin; their only guest adds accordeon to two tracks). Musically, it varies through the salon elegance of La Mélodie Des Choses, a Rilke poem set to music (hear it on this issue’s fRoots 58 compilation) through circus abandon to the wildness of their take on the Doors’ Spanish Caravan. Most of the work is their own, and they take great care over the way they fill space. Never too much, but without leaving feeling empty. Macondo takes its inspiration from the late Colombian writer, Gabriel García Márquez (it’s the town in his novel, One Hundred
Years Of Solitude), while La Chica Del 17
is both an homage to their grandmother and
also a 1920s song of the same name. Interestingly, it’s also the most obviously Latin composition here. The instrumentals have a more European feel, an exploration of different traditions and strands, curling them together in a delicious, mellifluous way. Recorded (it sounds) without overdubs, parts work and glide together as easily as the pair of voices. The beauty here is far from fragile; there’s an exactitude that’s worked out so perfectly it sounds casual, giving everything core of steel. Plenty of subtle layers to discover with repeated playing. And superb on every level."
Chris Nickson - FRoots magazine

"Fusion albums often throw out intriguing hints at what the planet's future might sound like: free-form, multi-faceted, deliciously deracinated. Laura and Gianna Caronni - Las Hermanas Caronni - are maestros of the cello and clarinet, from which they tease soulful songs that skip sprite-like around the genres, from Italian canzonetta to klezmer to Astor Piazzola-like tango, with moments of Mychael Nyman and La Chicana along the way. Each song of Navega Mundos (Navigating worlds) comes as a sort of digression from the previous one, the common thereads being the sisters' harmonious, folksy vocals and their almost ambient-style arrangements. All compositions are penned by one or both of the women, and give thanks to Rilke, The Doors and Gabriel Garcia Marquez for lyrical inspiration. Urban Argentina has never known what it is or wants to be, and in this sens this album is a deeply Argentinian one. Accordion-playing legend Raul Barboza provides the one deep, firm rural root, guesting on the final song, a chamamé penned by Laura titled Ya me voy." Chris Moss - Songlines magazine