Friday, January 28, 2011

CD Review: Opycham's 'S.T.I.H.I.'


As the lead drummer for Yat Kha, Opycham, otherwise known as Evgeny Tkachov, tones it down a bit with a rather quiet release of sung poetry. The album only contains three tracks of sung poetry, nature sounds, and light percussion. This is not a release for anyone looking for band music or throat-singing from Tuva. This is old Russian poetry sung without much instrumental accompaniment. There are some instances with little singing and several minutes of fire crackling, water rippling, birds singing, or a shamanic drum beat and cymbals. This is a great folklore release for Russian poetry fans and anyone else looking for something new. ~ Matthew Forss

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