Sainkho Namchylak: Nomad (2007)
Peppered through the album are other examples of the incredible sounds that have issued from Namchylak's mouth, the low frequency sustained drones of "Deep Blue and "Initiation Trio Part 1, and the chilling bass rasps of "Red-orange that sound like demonic possessionworthy of Linda Blair in The Exorcist. If these were all she had to offer, Namchylak would be renowned but would probably not have sustained the interest she has for two decades.
Instead, here are examples that demonstrate the full range of her voice and her ability to sing folk and jazz as well as avant-garde and improv: the wordless purity of the beautifully melodic "Spring ; "Temple of Majtreja, with its piano accompaniment and jazz inflections; the driving percussion and jungle sounds recorded live at Porgy & Bess . The overwhelming feeling that Namchylak's voice conveys is one of freedomfreedom to float, freedom to swoop, freedom to soar. Listening to her, it seems that a human voice can do anything.
So extraordinary is Namchylak, with her seven octave range and ability to produce a vast range of sounds, that it is unbelievable that all the singing here is by the same person. This is an extraordinary album. As a showcase of what Namchylak is capable of, it works fine; as an introduction to her work, it works fine. As an album to be listened to at one sitting it may be just too diverse to be coherent and satisfyingan album of good tracks rather than a good album. For that, check out other Namchylak albums on Leomaybe starting with 2007's Tuva-Irish Live Music Project.
Track Listing: Transformation of Matter; Spring; Red-orange (solo); Red-orange (solo); Introduction; A Yurt by the Lake; Deep Blue; Temple of Majtreja; Encore: Live at Porgy & Bess; Leaving home; Two Tone Tuva; Letter 6; Initiation Trio Part 1; Epilogue.
Personnel: Sainkho Namchylak: voice; many others (no details given).
Record Label: Leo Records