Morning Music: Altan Urag

Made in Altan UragMy boss has ripped us out of the American continent and transported us to Asia — specifically to Mongolia. And things change in a big way. I’m not that fond of throat singing, but today’s music really is different. This is Altan Urag — according to Wikipedia, they are a Mongolian folk rock band. What does that mean? Well, you’ll just have to listen because I am in no position to explain.

You might want to check out the song Blue Mark to get more of an idea of the throat singing in a very modern context. But I’ve chosen an instrumental piece, RaaKH II. Both are from their album, Made in Altan Urag. I’m better able to analyze western music. But even when I can’t analyze, I can still tell quality work. Anyway, this one has a beat and you can dance to it.

2 thoughts on “Morning Music: Altan Urag

  1. Paul Pena’s “Jet Airliner”. Most people are more familiar with the cover version by the Steve Miller Band (Pena’s producer was Miller’s keyboard player), but Pena’s original has darker lyrics and a gorgeous lead guitar playing throughout the entire song.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cjr5U7g6aiA

    Anyway, unrelated to “Jet Airliner”, Pena taught himself Tuvan throat singing (Mongolian throat singing) by listening to recordings and experimenting. According to Wikipedia, he performs it in Genghis Blues, a 1999 documentary. (It’s not clear if the following is from the film or from extra footage. Pena is seated, playing country blues guitar and trading off on the throat singing.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LYc06l2gGo

    • I know that version of “Jet Airliner” — it’s really good. I’m not that into Steve Miller, although obviously he’s a very creative guy. The second video is pretty amazing. I especially like how well the slide guitar works with it. Thanks!

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