I wish they made 120 lb vinyl!tortoise wrote:
YES! Ditto. I just bought the album "yes" on 120 lb vinyl.
Must not have had my tea yet.
I meant 180 gram vinyl.
Well, goes without saying, enjoyed with Mongolian Fu Cha:skilfautdire wrote:Check this one out. Part of my (now very, very new) discoveries.
looks like they are comin to Beijing this 24th, I might have to check em out even though my knowledge about folk is limited to Bob Dylan and Nick Drakeskilfautdire wrote:Check this one out. Part of my (now very, very new) discoveries.
The videos you can find of Hanggai on youtube does not describe the closeness, the sound quality, the 'occidentalization' of sorts that makes the songs lush while carrying over a warm feeling. Mastered in the U.K., garnished with some programming and sequences. The voices stand out, as well as the nature of the Mongolian string instruments. It's great in its simplicity.
Is this 'occidentalization' necessary ? I wonder. Could they have delivered such a product out of China only ? Will Chinese artists be able to do so in 10 years from now ?
The video link below has sequences from several places. Most of this was shot by a robotized camera arm at a Mongolian folk festival concert in Beijing (probably for TV), you can find another personalized, side view of most of that concert song on youtube.
A perhaps interesting note here is that it seems that Mongolian music is considered as part of the Chinese culture by the Han majority in China (after all many dynasties were founded by Mongolians) in a similar manner as Celtic music is part of England: it comes nevertheless carrying some uncertainty.
Ilchi, the perhaps leader of the group, was into the Beijing punk scene. There's a to-the-point quality to their songs, even if it could turn out that their lyrics are more or less mundane. I kind of doubt it.
I don't really want to make any advert here, but would like to point out that this is not a really hard to find CD (as opposed to some of the other musical choices I have made here), for anyone interested : it's available on Amazon (nicely priced too).
Again, the CD is great, and the videos you could find does not render this. The CD took me by surprise.