Fly, Fly My Sadness
The Bulgarian Voices/Angelite & Huun-Huur-Tu
1996: Shanachie 64071
From the liner notes:
Lonely Bird: I think this composition is a tribute to the human voice and to the human notion of loneliness. Mikhail Alperin
I agree its heartbreakingly beautiful. The album overall is amazingly haunting, with incredibly fascinating effects produced by this inspired experiment which combines Mongolian/Tuvan throat-singing with the electrifying and celestial sound of Bulgarian womens choirs, including one improvisational number thats like an art happening.
Just over 4 minutes into the 11-minute-long Lonely Bird theres a moment of dazzling and scintillating sonic splendournot the only one on this album, but a stunnerwhich fuses the power of the two sets of voices with staggering glory, and that solar flare recurs and shape-shifts throughout the track in painfully beautiful ways you could never have pictured before. The two choirs (and soloists) clearly werent recorded with their overlap in mind at the time, but the effects of the interweaving are astonishing and thrilling. That tracks close, with its slow deconstruction of elements and a digital-delay descant, is mesmerizing, arresting brilliant.
Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.