Band Of The Month – November 2016 – Editors’ Choice

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Хартыга (Hartyga) - band of the month November 2016

Хартыга (Hartyga)

With only limited time only a few of the bands who make contact are ever featured, do rest assured music is far from a dying concept and it is a delight to be able to showcase some of the best emerging musicians from around the globe. The Editors’ Choice for Band Of The Month for November 2016 is the Russian band Хартыга (Hartyga).

From the LP Агитатор (Agitator) a live version of Кокей – Ноян (Kokey – Noran)

Agitator (feat. Albert Kuvezin) – Hartyga is available on iTunes.*

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Хартыга (Hartyga)

Хартыга – (Hartyga) is the alt-rock quintet of Nachyn Choreve (Vocal / Igil /Doshpuluur), Sergek Sandyk (Saxophone), Angyr – ool Ondar (Bass), Nayys Dulush (Drums) and almost permanent guest member Albert Kuvezin (Vocal / Guitar) from Kyzyl in Russia.

Хартыга - (Hartyga) - alt-rock from Russia

Хартыга – (Hartyga)

Surfacing from the distinctive Russian landscape of The Republic of Tuva which is nestled between Southern Siberia and The Altai – Хартыга deliver music which resounds both of the wide open spaces of The Steppes and the high mountain faces to the South as they combine, traditional plucked and bowed instrumentation, with wind and classic rock electric kit with a vocal once heard never to be forgotten that scratches itches in the eardrums the tympanic membrane didn’t know were inflamed.




Sometimes psychedelic, sometimes jazzy, sometimes the essence of rock’n’roll the quintet are a band that needs to be on every playlist anywhere in the world even if only to pull out when you fancy a whisky to rasp a sore throat.

Having had the opportunity to wander through many of the tracks they have released since their inception it is with some pleasure that I introduce Хартыга and from their latest LP Агитатор (Agitator) – a live version of the penultimate of the nine tracks – Борбак (Borbak). Do anticipate to be discovering more of the quintet (though officially a quartet with a semi-permanent guest player) over the coming years on Emerging Indie Bands.

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Agitator (feat. Albert Kuvezin) – Hartyga is available on iTunes.*

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Tripnaha – Water – Single Review

The Swedish ethereal-synth duo Tripnaha released the single Water on the 28th.

Tripnaha

Tripnaha

The ambient washes of sound transport the listener on a ride of luscious texture as the composition leads the mind to contemplate of watching outwards from the inside of a gently streaming waterfall capturing distorted images through the flowing Water as sunlight refracts revolving rainbows of colour in the cortex.

Water is best not heard when you are in a hurry to get to an appointment as even after the four and three quarter minutes of the track have faded away the brain is in a state of relaxation from which it has no desire to hurry to escape.

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Xup – The Man In Black – Video

The English predatory-rock trio Xup released the LP Broken Doll on the 26th.

Xup

Xup

Broken Doll is a just over forty minute twelve track album that is best heard in the cellar of an abandoned building with flickering candles casting shadowy light.

The thickly strung bass, around which the music revolves, gives the listener the sense that the notes splat against mossy walls as the dampened notes disappear as quickly as they arrive, with an insistent percussion like a self-reloading rifle spits incessant gun-fire whilst the guitar develops the scope of the compositions from which the distinctive half-spoken vocal bewitches the listener.




My pick of the release (available on bandcamp) is the penultimate –  The Man In Black.

Regular readers will not necessarily need reminding that I always recommend music is heard through a proper speaker set up and not heard through the tinny speakers or earphones of an MP3 playing device – but with such resonating bass which forms the spine of Xup – worth repeating as without a sub-woofer, or at least a capable bass speaker you will be missing pretty much every nuance of the material. I am heartened that when I look at site stats – over 80% of the devices used to connect with the site are desktops able to play tracks in lossless format – to the almost 20% who do listen via tools only able to play MP3 quality – do try it – you will suddenly be reminded what music actually sounds like when it isn’t compressed and how poor playback in MP3 is in reality.

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Uncle Lucius – Age Of Reason – Video

The US roots-blues quintet Uncle Lucius have just completed a European tour.

Uncle Lucius

Uncle Lucius

Whilst in England they recorded a live version of Age Of Reason, the second of the twelve tracks on the LP The Light.

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