Last week, I mentioned Violent Onsen Geisha, a Japanese one-man-experimentalist that had re-thought Captain Beefheart's 'Mirror Man'.
Well, the album cover that I pictured was the one from the 1996 (remixed) re-issue on the Rail Recordings label.
Here's the 1993 album cover, from the Endorphine Factory record label. Also with
Siberian band NYTT LAND presents its new epic musical canvas. Working with the same unchanging 4 band-members, the musicians continue to revive the true magical sound of the Ancient North.
PATH TO THE ROOTS...
Oðal is inspired by the traditional music of the indigenous peoples of Siberia, the Old Icelandic epic and the atmosphere of classic Norwegian black metal.
This time the album was recorded without using samples; all parts of the instruments were performed live. All songs were recorded and mixed in one of the technical quality best Russian studios, "Radio Sibir", which strongly affected the sound quality. All the sounds of nature were recorded in western Siberia and northern Norway.
For the first time the 4-year-old son of Natalia and Anatoly, Yuri Pakhalenko, took part. By this they emphasise the concept of the album - heritage.
As in the previous album, Fimbulvinter (CSR234CD), Oðal features the traditional Siberian overtone singing technique "kargyraa", but the overtone singing by vocalist Natalia Pakhalenko gives a special character to the sound. This is very unique, since this technique is a almost exclusively a male singing practice due to its physicality.
Underkarl's most recent release has the quintet doing what they do best. Re-interpreting, delving and deepening into jazz classics (or even solo sections from jazz classics).
The album starts with a great version of Sun Ra's 'A Call For All Demons' and the ride ends with Thelonious Monk and Steve Lacy's solo section from 'Evidence'.