Alva (6) ‎– Ja Tik Būtu....

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A1 Ja Tik Būtu
Written-By – Mārtiņš*, Raimonds*
A2 Pilsēta Kurā Piedzimst Vējš
Lyrics By – Čaklais*Music By – Johansons*
A3 Kopā
Written-By – Arnolds*, Roģeris*
A4 Svešinieks
Written By – Dāles Brāļi
A5 Akts
Written By – Dāles Brāļi
B1 Vilcienu Dziesma
Lyrics By – MuižnieceMusic By – Gundars Rullis
B2 Miglā
Written-By – Alva (6)
B3 Ziemeļvēji
Written-By – Raimonds*
B4 Es Izkūlu
Arranged By – Alva (6)Written-By – T.dz.*
B5 Jo Beigas Ir Klāt
Written-By – Raimonds*

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westoftheskies

westoftheskies

September 20, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
One of the most amazing records I know which should be heard by a lot more people. It was discovered 20 years ago by someone I know on a fleamarket in Germany in a box amongst obscure wave and industrial records where it might have fitted better than in one with prog records. It's not perfect (some songs end like demos), but this is part of its charm.. It was made by young immigrants from Latvia who came to the UK with their parents. The knowledge of their mother tongue is so rudimentary that the lyrics can't really be understood by native Latvian speakers. They invent their own language; as well linguistically as in the music they play. This does not apply for the name of the record, which IS Latvian and translates as 'What if', a rather prophetic title (intentionally or not, most probably not) regarding the music that transcends musical boundaries known at that time. When I first heard it, I was irritated because parts here sound a lot like Joy Division, which did not exist when Ja Tik Butu was released. The unbelievable reason for this might be (as I discovered some time ago) that Warsaw recorded at the same studio as Alva around the same time; anyone can make up their own mind who inspired whom there. This is a record that is beyond any genre. Prog, Latvian Folk and Post Punk (before it existed) rolled into one by some youngsters with an 'anything goes' mentality. A 'real people' artifact (for once with talent) if there ever was one. One of the truly monumental 'obscure' records which thankfully can now be heard through the legitimate reissue. Get it.
Sonnenmensch

Sonnenmensch

August 28, 2015
From Bandcamp press release:

Originally released 1978 on Pennine Records, two catalogue numbers before they issued the famouse "Rosemary Lane" album by Tickwinda! Even European music might have quite an exotic feeling and Latvian ethno rockers ALVA are the living proof. Based in England at the time they released their sole album “Ja tik butu” they fell straight into the folk rock genre with their cross of melancholic, even slightly psychedelic rock and colorful, mystifying Baltic folk and all of this in the middle of the UK punk explosion. So you will certainly be aware of the raw edge the rock part of their music bears. But this is just the fundament of the songs on which anthem like haunting melodies grow to entwine around your mind like ivy. The result is mind expanding and you can be sure that this is something you will hardly have experienced before in such a radical form. Folk, melancholic rock and laid back punk rock melted into one enchanting sound with the Eastern, the Baltic folk being holding the biggest share in the overall picture. The punk feeling on the other hand is the result of a rather energetic playing while all musicians are as skilled as a band should be. ALVA leave the sloppy performance always associated with punk rock to others. They even reach a post punkish area with the strange, yet also anthem like and humorous “Vilcenu dziesma”, sixth track on this colorful album. ALVA could have inspired fans from 1960s garage rock to haunting Eastern European gypsy folk to more sophisticated punk rock and become a major force in the rock world if the business was just a little bit more fair. This album is like a trip in spirit through an idyllic landscape most of the time but there is always a feeling of uproar backing up the flaming melodies. Listen with a free mind and you will be dragged into a world of sheer beauty and joy.