Not so long ago the bandura could only occasionally be heard in the young Ukrainian music – but the situation is changing. And while in authors' materials the bandura can be spotted more frequently (Tin Sontsya
, Heorhiy Matviiv
, etc.), in the realm of including the bandura into the slightly jazz-like arrangements of Ukrainian folk songs, Troye Zillia may become, if not the first, at least one of the brightest bands. The album "Paradise birds" is a perfect demonstration of that. This is a collection of Christmas carols and Christmas songs – and one tends to expect that this kind of albums are unwrapped in an unhurried way, have a kind of enlightened, relaxed moods, or even the "pink syrup". Here – the musicians did it differently. From the first seconds, the percussion unequivocally hints: that will be music with a joyful drive, and so it proves later, despite a couple of quite lyrical digressions. Even "Holy Night" – the conventional model of elegiacity – when performed by Troye Zillia makes one think of someone like Irish Romani, or something.. The same goes about the other songs – they will not be difficult to recognize, but freshness of the approach will definitely feel nice.