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'Dashterov': Armenia’s hottest album of summer 2018

Iveta Mukuchyan & Aram MP3

June 06, 2018

Music

By Lilly Torosyan

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'Dashterov': Armenia’s hottest album of summer 2018

If you were clubbing in Yerevan this summer, you may have caught wind of perhaps one of the freshest musical collaborations to come out of Armenia in recent years.

Genre

Ethno folk; contemporary; pop; dance; remix

Released

2017 

Location

Armenia

Duration

40 minutes

Link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcIb1Bqd8E0

Former Eurovision participants, Iveta Mukuchyan and Aram MP3’s, "Dashterov" ("Through Fields") project is more than just an album—it’s a 40-minute sonic journey through Armenian folk songs, reinvented with techno/house beats, American pop, and even a touch of Bollywood (trust me—it works).

All but one of the nine songs are covers of well-known traditional songs, including "Nino," "Hamayak Jan," and "Ghapama"—a song about a popular pumpkin dish. From a family party shurch bar (circle dance) to a road trip with friends, this is the most versatile dance playlist in Armenia right now.

Excerpts

Some highlights from the album include the following:

'Al Eghnim'

The first single, "Al Eghnim," is based on the traditional song, "Goghpa Yelan Seleruh." Listen to a performance by Avak Petrosyan below.

What starts off like a sweet, innocuous love song, suddenly breaks into an explicit chorus:
 
“May I be a birthmark on your chest,
I’ll kiss your cheeks all night,
I’m your beloved love.”
 
The remake does not change the lyrics, but with Iveta’s powerful vocals and head-bopping beats, this version sounds almost nothing like the original.  Daft Punk’s “Around the World” snippet in the background makes this the ultimate clubbing song. Hear "Al Eghnim" below.
 

'Qamin Zana'

The second single, "Qamin Zana" (“The Wind Blows”), is another popular standard that Iveta and Aram MP3 remade. The song debuted in the 1973 Soviet rom-com film, "Tghamardik" ("The Gentlemen". With lyrics like “May the wind blow and open your white chest,” "Qamin Zana" also falls in that category of “I-Cannot-Believe-How-Provocative-Armenian-Music-Actually-Is.” Listen below.

Video

  • "Dashterov" by Aram MP3 & Iveta Mukuchyan

    Video: Aram MP3 YouTube page

  • "Nazan" by Iveta Mukuchyan

    Video: Provided to YouTube by TuneCore

  • "Ghapama" by Aram MP3 & Iveta Mukuchyan

    Video: Dashterov YouTube page

  • "Qamin Zana" by Aram MP3 & Iveta Mukuchyan

    Video: Dashterov YouTube page

  • "Nino" by Aram MP3 & Iveta Mukuchyan

    Video: Dashterov YouTube page

  • "Gorani" by Aram MP3 & Iveta Mukuchyan

    Video: Dashterov YouTube page

  • "Hamayak" by Iveta Mukuchyan

    Video: Provided to YouTube by TuneCore

  • "Al Eghnim" by Aram MP3 & Iveta Mukuchyan

    Video: Dashterov YouTube page

  • "Tsirani Tsar" by Aram MP3 & Iveta Mukuchyan

    Video: Dashterov YouTube page

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