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Sainkho Namtchylak – Like a Bird or Spirit, Not a Face | Album Review | Top of the World

Posted on March 18th, 2016 in Recent posts, Reviews by .


Words by Nigel Williamson

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Exploring the uncharted space between Tuvans and Touaregs

You take the world’s foremost female throat-singer and the rhythm section from Tinariwen, put them in the studio with Grammy-winning producer Ian Brennan for two days and they emerge with one of the most intriguing cross-cultural hybrids you’ve heard in a long time, as the twin nomadic traditions of Touaregs and Tuvans collide. Since she first started releasing records in the West in the early 90s, Sainkho Namtchylak has combined throat-singing and shamanism with electronica, avant-garde jazz and much else besides, positioning herself as a world music cross between Björk and Yoko Ono.

She’s now in her late 50s but has lost none of her cutting-edge ability to surprise and startle. From the loping desert blues of the opener ‘Nomadic Mood’ to the droning experimental echoes of ‘The Road Back’ via the minimalist alt-rock of ‘So Strange! So Strange!’ and the steppes-punk of ‘Nostalgia To’, Namtchylak’s multi-octave voice moans, screeches, chants, whoops, growls and, just occasionally, sings in Tuvan, Russian and English. But what is perhaps equally impressive is the audacity of the contributions from the Touareg pair of percussionist Said Ag Ayad and bassist-guitarist Eyadou Ag Leche. Who said Tinariwen are a one-trick camel?

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Top of the World April 2016: The best new releases

Posted on March 4th, 2016 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the April (#116) issue.

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Joan Soriano
Me Decidí (iASO Records)
After a five-year wait since his previous solo release, Dominican singer and guitarist Joan Soriano is back with a new offering of joyous material. A fine return from the bachata maestro.

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Zukva (ARC Music)
The young Sarajevan band display an air of firm confidence, playing sevdah music with a flexible and dynamic approach on their first UK release.

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Maz O’Connor

The Longing Kind (Restless Head)
Maz O’Connor steps away from the folk songs that featured in her previous work, taking inspiration from life experiences, literature and art to create an intelligent and emotional album.

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Sahra Halgan Trio
Faransiskiyo Somaliland (Buda Musique)
Somaliland’s Sahra Halgan is accompanied by a band of musical virtuosos on her new album, her first since returning to her homeland after a 23-year exile in France.

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Lotus Wight’s Ode to the Banjo (Lotus Wight)
Through musical interpretations of traditional Americana, Canadian artist Lotus Wight’s new album explores the history of the banjo via 13 tracks that make for a riveting listen.

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Aziza Brahim
Abbar el Hamada (Glitterbeat)
An important voice for the people of the Western Sahara, Aziza Brahim returns with a relaxed effort that continues to spur her message of political injustice and resistance.

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The Gloaming
2 (Real World Records)
With their critically acclaimed and commercially successful debut behind them, The Gloaming return with their second album – one that shows no signs of a sophomore slump.

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Viena (Westpark Music)
Finnish group Värttinä exceed expectations on their new album, executing strong vocal performances with relentless energy and stellar musicianship that results in an exciting release.

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Sainkho Namtchylak
Like a Bird or Spirit, Not a Face (Ponderosa Music & Art)
Renowned throat singer Sainkho Namtchylak exhibits her versatile vocal ability alongside the rhythm section of Tinariwen in this cross-cultural hybrid of Touaregs and Tuvans.

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Ceremonial (Tru Thoughts)
Inspired by African pop music of the 1970s, Tokyo-born electronic musician Anchorsong utilises polyrhythms and expansive textures to create a sonically cohesive second album.

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