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Today on Ecléctico you're listening to an Estonian duo called Puuluup. They each play a talharpa (a bowed lyre instrument) and mix tradition and folklore with improvisation and electronics. You'll go deeper with an excerpt from the band's profile page on Avokado Artists.
"Süüta mu lumi" by Puuluup
2018 | Neo-zombie-post-folk duo from Estonia
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Ramo Teder (aka Pastacas) and Marko Veisson have virtually resurrected the ancient talharpa (bowed lyre), popular in Northern Europe since the early middle ages and played on Western Estonian islands until the beginning of 20th century. But this is not an ethnomusicological romp. Puuluup directs the vibrations of the talharpa’s horsehair strings through effects, using alternative bowing and rhythm techniques. The mellow sighs of talharpa are paired with electronically amplified echoes, knocks, creaks and crackles, while still maintaining the instrument’s natural sound. And it is all presented with a unique sense of humor, originality and what can only be described as offbeat charm.