“Soundtrack to a ritual execution”

By Mantas Puida

The last album of the band won the Fonogram Music Award (the Hungarian Grammy) for the best world music album of the year. The Songlines Magazine says about it:

“…wild and messy, like the soundtrack to the rave at the end of the universe…”

The new one, called „Stand into the deep was released in 2019 by Narrator Records (HU) and internationally by the German Nordic Notes / CPL Music (the third-best label according to the WOMEX Top20 Labels of the year). First feedbacks from the audience: „Even more powerful and epic than their previous album, the magnificent Awake in a Dream”, from the press: “Masterpiece”.

Meszecsinka (pronounce: “Mesetchinka”) is one of the 12 best Hungarian world music bands according to the WOMEX edition of Dal+Szerző magazine. The band’s name means „Little Moon” in Bulgarian.

Meszecsinka tours frequently all around Europe. They visited the USA and Canada, recorded video on the Red Square in Moscow and a Balkan road movie. Their art video “Kinyílok (I open up) reached the sixth place on the videochart of World Music Network (UK) and fRoots Magazine (UK).

In 2015 Meszecsinka gave lessons and workshops about Hungary in schools and universities of Denmark.

The breakthrough to the larger stages was brought by “Awake in a dream” (2016), supported by the Armenian-Russian guitarist and producer Karen Arutyunyan. It was called “genius” by the Hungarian magazine HVG and “Maybe the best world music album of this year” by Magyar Narancs. In this album, Meszecsinka goes deeper and higher into their unique magical world.

In 2017 Meszecsinka performed at the APAP (Association of the Performing Arts Presenters) conference with great success in New York.

In 2018 the band played at the Worldmusic Stage of Sziget Festival — the second largest stage of the biggest fest in Europe, at FMM Sines in Portugal (and their tune was chosen as the main tune for the aftermovie of the festival.

The new album continues the eclectic and characteristic sound of the Fonogram-awarded band. We can hear inuit throat singing, Lullaby, Siberian singing techniques, love song, mobile phone recording, and trance moods that resemble ancient rituals.

In 2019 Meszecsinka celebrated its 10th birthday with tours in Russia, Kazakhstan, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania. In 2020 in spite of the virus, they had a chance to visit new places: Lithuania and Slovenia. At the New Year’s Eve a new video was released:



Line up:

Annamária Oláh: vocal, flutes,

Emil Biljarszki — keyboards, guitar,

Ferenc Somogyi — bass

Dávid Krolikowski — percussion


“…wild and messy, like the soundtrack to the rave at the end of the universe… an East-European Kate Bush or Cocteau Twins… trance-like atmospheres that recall the likes of The Orb and Ozric Tentacles, with the band conjuring up huge waves of rushing sound.” Songlines Magazine UK

“…she is photographed transparent and ghost-like on the sleeve (of the new album), which certainly fits her approach — epic and wild, free-form, but tightly disciplined, with the band seemingly more interested in establishing a mood and/or a groove than gaining a label. Take it apart and there are bits and pieces of world music influence, from Bollywood to Tuvan throat-singing, folk-horror to punk and psychedelia, but it is better to just let the sound draw you in, and immerse yourself in it. This album works best as a coherent, cohesive and intriguing release” ROCK’n’REEL Magazine (UK).

“…ecstatic self-awareness, lascivious dancing, blissfully screaming and staggering sensual happiness. The vocal magician is Annamaria, an elfin singer with flowing gestures, dances barefoot on the floor while her voice wanders with fluttering vibrato and throaty tone” Deggendorfer Zeitung DE

“Last night’s concert at Drom hit a harrowing peak with Hungarian trance-dance band Meszecsinka‘s frontwoman Annamaria Olah hidden behind her mane of long, flowing hair, wailing and flailing and crying out on the beat as her own voice echoed low and ominously in response, through a loop pedal. Although this was an intimate club gig with pristine sound, it was easy to imagine a hundred thousand people at some European summer festival flailing and swaying in unison in response to Olah’s passion onstage”. NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY

“I guess we have received the world music album of the year, like a punch in the stomach” Magyar Narancs about “Awake in a dream”

“Meszecsinka entices you with sounds of magical and hypnotic quality” Journal Frankfurt DE

“…When human nature is ready to step aside, the Goddess steps in the circle of Moon Light… And mystery sings…” Alisson patchy stories

„It vibrates at a higher level than almost everything I’ve heard in the genre … music, arrangement, voice and text releases categorization and unites in a sacred space.” Lángoló Gitárok about “Awake in a dream”

„It’s that kind of folk that sneaks up to the roots of wisdom teeth. Not with the songs for the tourists, but with dancing dervishes, moaning, ecstatic shamanism of the mediums. Or a soundtrack to a ritual execution.” Dmoon.ru RU

“With her captivating interpretation and the mood spread in the audience, the band might fit on the stage of the world’s major music festivals”. Freie Klaenge DE

“A fascinating mix of jazz, rock, psychedelics and something gypsy-Balkan. The barefoot singer created incomprehensible magic, the music sometimes plunging the audience into a trance, sometimes tearing to pieces” Rockcult.ru RU

“Awake in a dream” takes us to a fiery, mystical, oriental world, to the border between dream and waking.” NOW Magazine

“The intimate and chanson moments come along with the sweeping, rock-and-roll riffs; a dense and palpable atmosphere pervades everything. Beyond the musical components there is the essence of the Paneuropean culture”. Brilliant album!” Lángoló Gitárok HU

“… Annamari’s body following every rhythm of the music and her voice embracing so many realms between being like a young girl and being a powerful witch” Est.hu

“Specialists would call it psychedelic new wave folk”. Fidelio HU




Musician at Meszecsinka and EmilArt.space, songwriter and storyteller. Facebook.com/emil.biljarski

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Musician at Meszecsinka and EmilArt.space, songwriter and storyteller. Facebook.com/emil.biljarski

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