Nu & Apa Neagra - Omag
Formed in Timisoara, Romania, by Sasha-Liviu Stoianovici (self taught saz player and visual artist) & Alexandru Hegyesi. The NU & APA NEAGRA sound project deals with a mix between traditional tunes, improvised vocals and spacy electronics. It started in 2001, as NU, being at the time more of a folk/free form music project.
Representing Romanian underground psychedelia, the group toured Germany twice in 2006, presenting their cdr 'At Gardina', which, in the meantime, received some great revues. Played club gigs and also festivals. NU's music has been airplayed at radio statoins like WFMU or Freies Radio Kassel, among others... After some changes and studio work in 2007, NU 'reincarnated' as NU & APA NEAGRA and released the OMAG album at the German indie label Lollipoppe Shoppe in June 2008. The tracks have been recorded both in Berlin, Germany and Timisoara, Romania. The sound became darker, being influenced by various trips in the mountains and forests of Romania. Field recordings, ancient instruments, strange overdubbing techniques, they all create a rough ethno-psychedelic sound, definately a trademark of NU & APA NEAGRA. The title of the album is inspired by the very poisonous plant Omag, found in the traditional pharmaceutical universe of Romanians. There are 13 original tracks, the 14th one being a deep and strange mix done by Alan Holmes (Ectogram, Parking Non-Stop). Live shows in central Europe are planed for autumn 2008.