In his four plus decade career in popular music press, John Shelton Ivany has seen many changes. A top level tastemaker, his weekly top 21 is published in over 200 newspapers nation wide. In his review of eXtraOrdinary rendition, he raves about the shifts in music exemplified by Rupa & the April Fishes. The full review is copied below.
Gypsy music is slowly but surely becoming the new hit thing. Rupa & The April Fishes are a perfect example, in the best way possible. While most of this style we get here at JSITOP21 is primarily genre-bending with either punk or indie rock, this is fairly iconic Gypsy music.
Perhaps there is a jazz inflection here and there, but this is remarkably straightforward. Rupa, a musician while a physician on the side, has an incredible voice, using a style that western ears are not accustomed to. It creates a drastic contrast between mainstream American music.
The April Fishes use an array of instruments, but rely primarily on accordion, horns, and odd percussion. For all of you local readers, Rupa & The April Fishes are based out of San Francisco, meaning that their live performance will be coming around soon, so be ready to have your minds blown.
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