And you thought you'd heard it all.

And you thought you'd heard it all. Singer/songwriter Sylvia Tosun came up with the novel idea of recording an album of various national anthems— from France, Russia, Israel, the U.K., the U.S., Italy, Japan, 10 in all—and casting them in contemporary musical arrangements. The result is a trippy, surreal journey across an exotic worldmusic palette, where Tosun conjures everyone from Ofra Haza, Enya, and Sarah McLachlan to a smokey torch singer-cum-dancefloor diva—and she does many of the songs in their native tongues. Tosun comes by way of Connecticut, where she began performing as a child, eventually studying at Juilliard, touring with the USO—thus, the interest in anthems the world over—and singing with the highly touted Trans-Siberian Orchestra. But Anthem is all her own and an ambitious outing that is simply fascinating. Sunday brunch will never sound the same. Check out sylviatosun.com.—CT

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