Acoustic sounds from the Indian Ocean islands

The Comoros national football team turned lots of heads earlier this year when they progressed to the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations where an encounter with the mighty Cameroon awaited. It was an altitude the team had never previously come close to reaching. Now it’s the turn of the musicians of the Indian Ocean archipelago to stand up and be counted. Their most likely musical export are Comorian, a trio of acoustic musicians whose album We Are An Island But We’re Not Alone is the latest volume in the Glitterbeat label’s Hidden Music series, as overseen by globetrotting producer Ian Brennan. With their songs rejoicing in such prosaic titles as I’ve Come To The City (Now My Shoes Are Repaired), the music itself is much more poetic, by turns delicate and pulsating, intricate and urgent. Not unlike their football team.