This article is from 2006.
With their many wondrous takes on folk roots and moonshine there’s a frantic, salty and irrepressible stomp to the Balkan hoedown; thrust this in the blender with the inherent punk cool of New York’s underground scene and you’ve a lit fuse for oblivion.
Luminescent Orchestrii are an aspiring Romanian hotchpotch from the dirty Big Apple conspiring three fiddles, string bass and guitars with bullhorn harmonica, melodica and human beatbox into a fiery, mutant gypsy folk. With a common love of drinking music the various members of the outfit brought their various groundings in electronica, Goth, funk through Hungary and Romania, returning with what they could best describe as a ‘solitary-rock-band-string-chick-liberation-orchestra’ and have since set about furiously battling their instruments all over the US, charming and bombarding their audiences with their discord harmony and twisted tango. A sexy, reckless and unholy alliance, the LO can surely promise to stir even the most pious of souls. (Mark Edmundson)
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