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MELITA & VENO DOLENC

Sedmina

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Studio Album, released in 1980

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Pesem O tanji (2:53)
2. Jutro (2:33)
3. Pesem (2:53)
4. Magdalena (4:36)
5. Angel Varuh (3:00)
6. Deklica Z Vzigalicarni (2:40)
7. Veter Beli Koni (3:08)
8. Etuda (3:37)
9. Ljubica (3:16)
10. Svatba (3:09)
11. Ogledalo (3:30)
12. Uspavanka (2:45)

Total Time: 38:00

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Line-up / Musicians

- Veno Dolenc / acoustic guitars, harmonica, vocals
- Melita Dolenc / vocals
- Lado Jaksa / clarinet, piano, flute, drums
- Edi Stefancic / acoustic guitar, violin, Jew's harp
- Bozidar Ogorevc / violin, viola
- Bostjan Perovsek / accordion
- Matija Terlep / flute, recorder, bagpipes, saw, strings
- Mira Omerzel Terlep / tamburitza, strings

Releases information

LP Helidon FLP 05-021 (1980 Yugoslavia)
CD Mellotron Records MRCD 1003-2 (1996 Italy)

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Review by Seyo
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Singer/songwriter Veno Dolenc and his wife Melita performed as a duet during 1970s. They formed the band SEDMINA in 1977 and released this debut album in 1980. So, it can be viewed as Melita & Veno Dolenc's album called "Sedmina", or an album of the band SEDMINA called "Melita & Veno Dolenc" - whatever you prefer, because I did not find any indication to either.

The music is nicely composed and performed acoustic folk, featuring acoustic string traditional instruments with occasional flute and piano. Above all, surprisingly well- harmonised vocals of Melita and Veno are sort of a signature of this sound. Surprisingly, because they were virtually unknown in Yugoslavia at the time of release of this album. It is a collection of mainly short, concise and extremely pleasant songs with simple albeit accessible chords and melodies, so probably the people not very much into progressive rock would find this quite enjoyable experience. That is exactly the reason why the more demanding prog listeners may find this one too flat, simple, too acoustic or pure "popular" folk (although "Veter Beli Konj" contains an odd sound similar to Theremin) inspired by Middle European/Southeast European traditions. The cover design by Veno is also excellent and reminds of classic surrealist art. Even Paul Whitehead who did early GENESIS covers comes to mind.

This is for me a very relaxing music experience, which can also be put behind as a background music. For more intensive listening experience, it may occasionally end up in monotony. The best moments are: "Pesem o Tanji", "Magdalena", "Angel varuh" (with unexpected bluesy solo guitar), "Veter beli konj", "Etuda" and "Svatba". If you like acoustic Dylan, Leonard Cohen or Nick Drake, grab this album! 3,5 stars.

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Posted Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Review by ClemofNazareth
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk Researcher
4 stars This is the first of two releases by the Slovenian husband-wife team of Veno Dolenc and Melita Osojnik, who formed Sedmina in the former Yugoslavia in 1977. The group disbanded sometime in the 1980s when the couple divorced, although Veno Dolenc would reform under the name Sedmina in the late 1980s with his second wife Klarisa Jovanovic. Melita would go on to an expansive career as a multicultural performer of mideastern and Mediterranean-flavored folk.

This first album is the more primitive of the two by the original couple, featuring exclusively acoustic instruments and fairly innocuous folk vocal harmonies. That said the two of them sound great together, although I have heard stronger make vocalists from this region. Ms. Osojnik is pretty much perfect though, accenting her husband well and maintaining a pleasantly-toned harmony on pretty much every track.

The instrumentation here is rich world folk fare: acoustic gruitar and the weird humming/flapping of the tamboura; violin and viola from guest musician Bozidar Ogorevc; and flute, recorder, clarinet (and understated but persistent piano) from jazz artist Lado Jaksa.

I’m not even sure what language this is, so the meaning of the lyrics for sure escapes me. But words aren’t as important in world folk music as they are in the kind of folk you listen to from your own region. The real treat in music like this is to be able to experience different instrumental sounds, unusual rhythms and tempos (at least compared to what you’re used to), and sometimes even a treat with outstanding vocals singing words whose meaning is superfluous to the enjoyment of hearing them.

Well here the vocals could be a bit stronger, but all those other things are present in spades. The tamboura is an odd instrument that typically gives a piece of music an eastern lilt to it, and that’s the case here as well, particularly on “Angel Varuh” and “Ljubica”, the latter which also has what are probably the most well-formed vocals on the album. There are other odd and unattributed sounds as well, such as the Jew’s harp on “Angel varuh”, and what sounds like a theremin humming throughout “Veter beli konj”. Clarinet and viola are also not your typical instruments, even for a folk band, and their presence combines with the flute and recorder to project a very earthy tone to most of the tracks.

There’s a few songs here that seem to be traditional reinterpretations, most notably the danceable “Svatba” and the ballad ”Ogledalo”.

Finally, the album closes with what sounds like a love song with personal meaning for the two people singing it. Very slow, lots of mellow strings, and a nice, quiet close to the album.

These guys are a bit obscure, but not hard to find. Mellotron Records reissued this and the band’s second CD a few years ago, and the later releases with the second incarnation of the band were also released on CD. I’ve really taken a liking to these guys lately for their ethnic authenticity and lovely string/woodwind instrumentation especially. This is not their best work, but it’s in the top three. Highly recommended to prog folk and world music fans. Four stars.

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Posted Friday, October 26, 2007

Review by apps79
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2 stars Psych/Folk group from Ljubljana, Slovenia, found in 1977 and led by vocalist/guitarist Veno Dolenc and his wife singer Melita Osojnik.Gaining some significant reputation through live performances and TV appearances the group headed for the recordings of their debut simply entitled ''Melita & Veno Dolenc'', for the artwork of which Veno Dolenc was responsible,as he was a painter as well.The album was originally published in 1980 on Helidon FLP,the music department of the Maribor-based book company Zalozba Obzorja.A CD-reissu followed some 15 years later on Mellotron Records.

Performed by an 8-piece group mainly with traditional instruments,the album is characterized by its very mellow and often melancholic atmosphere, being much based on the Dolenc duo's vocals with no instrumental break-outs at all.The musicianship lies around the acoustic crescendo of Veno Dolnec along with soft violin parts and supported occasionally by light piano passages, accordion and flutes, reminding a lot of German OUGENWEIDE.However the twelve tracks are very short with simple structures and heavy lyrical content, being much in a Psych/Folk vein and far from anything progressive.Of course some of the vocal arrangements really shine,like on ''Deklica z vzigalicami'', '' Veter Beli Koni'' or ''Ljubica'', highlighted mainly by Melita's ethereal voice.

I can see no other than a Folk lover admiring this release, which is neither progressive nor even that challenging.If you like simple folk melodies,this album might be of some interest, but I wouldn't recommended it at all for fans of Rock or progressive sounds.

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