Music Monday: Rajna & Stoa

Continuing the presentation of artists I discovered around NaNo time, here are two bands that the press places in the Dead Can Dance tradition. Me, I disagree. Mostly.

Rajna are a duo from France (Jeanne and Fabrice Lefebvre), whose ethereal world-synth music has been consistently around since 1998. In their early days they do belong in the same vein as DCD; ironically, they were a trio back then. More recently, though, they moved to more eastern, particularly subcontinental, forms than Gerrard & Perry ever did. They’re cousins with their own voice, which fill nicely the gap while DCD were gone.

Stoa, on the other hand, has been lumped together with the ethereal goth crew because of its connections. It is really a project created by one man, German musicologist Olaf Parusel, in 1991. Since then collaborators have come and gone, including Pieter Nooten (of Clan of Xymox fame) and airy fairy Louisa John-Krol. Neoclassical music and philosophical lyrics, predominantly in Latin, place Stoa firmly next to Qntal (who established themselves during a long period of Stoa inactivity) and their spinoff Helium Vola. No wonder the mix covers a lot of floor area at goth festivals.

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