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Once upon a time, a band from Macedonia came with a sound so fresh and vigorous it took the nation by storm. The sound was rock, but crucially it was more than a rock, too. Concise, punchy, melodic, shiny, without being "plastic". The band was a true original, delivering a blend of sensitivity and strength, defiance and tenderness, via a regionally inflected voice. The band did not sing much and when they did, they spilled words that were realistic without being dour, full of simple rime and beautifully observed details. Most recognized their reunion as a landmark, an instant classic. We are talking about LEB I SOL of course.
LEB I SOL was founded in 1976. Beside being the most eminent Macedonian band, they were also one of the most important acts of the former Yugoslav Rock scene.
LEB I SOL is an expression which symbolizes traditional hospitality.
Their music combined elements of rock, jazz fusion and Balkan ethnic music. As the band matured, the jazz influences became less obvious. However, in concert, LEB I SOL performances of jazzed-up and versions of traditional ethno-folk classics such as Jovano Jovanke, Aber Dojde Donke, or Uci me majko karaj me… were received with great enthusiasm and cheer.
The first two albums are often considered foundational, while most are diverse enough to be accessible to a wide audience. The influence of ethnic and folk music of southeastern Europe and more specifically of Macedonia are recognizable in the use of odd meters (5/8, 7/8, 11/8, etc.) and non-traditional scales (e.g. the Phrygian dominant scale).
In April 2006, LEB I SOL started work on the The grand ex-Yugoslavian "30th ANNIVERSARY TOUR”.
In 2008, the band recorded a new studio album titled ITAKANATAKA.