5.0 Stars

There’s a deep clarinet solo from Susi Evans that broods and simmers before exploding into a wild klezmer dance to open this brilliant new album from She’Koyokh.

For those that haven’t yet discovered them, She’Koyokh are London’s best Balkan band, with seven cosmopolitan members and training from top east European artists. This is their fourth release and possibly their best, drawing on Jewish, Serbian, Bulgarian, Albanian and Turkish tunes played with appropriate virtuosity and skill.

Alongside Evans on clarinet, violinist Meg Hamilton adds sweet solos, particularly on the Albanian song Për Ty Vuaj. And Turkish vocalist Çiğdem Aslan is convincing in several languages. An accomplished and entertaining band who wear their considerable learning lightly.

Simon Broughton