This is an incredibly important release and highly recommended for anyone with an interest in ensuring the traditional languages and songs of the traditional owners of our land aren’t forgotten.
The first disc of this set looks to bring the Yanuwa and Gudanji languages into a contemporary musical setting and, while this scribe is unable to speak on the significance of the language being used in this way from a traditional standpoint, the results are stunning on surface level. The ambient pads and strings that back just about every song provide a beautiful bed for both Morris' incredible voice and the spirited vocal of the traditional songwomen and the arrangements sit with the vocal brilliantly. Not just culturally enriching, it sounds damn good as well.
Disc two takes things to their base level; unaccompanied traditional song narratives from the Yanyuwa, Marra and Gudanji people, each serving its own purpose. Most who hear this will find the songs unfamiliar, but the accompanying booklet gives great insight into why these songs hold such importance, while also giving insight into each singer and their relationship with the songs they're singing. This is an incredibly important release and highly recommended for anyone with an interest in ensuring the traditional languages and songs of the traditional owners of our land aren't forgotten.
This week's new sets include music from locals Gurrumul, Josh Pyke and West Thebarton Brothel Party plus new tunes from The Maccabees and Albert Hammond Jr.