Released: Oct 2010
Label: World Village
You can call it stately, you can call it otherworldly -- Huun Huur Tu's music is all of those things. This music is so of its place, you have to transport yourself a bit to understand it. It is not the soundtrack of 21st-century America. But therein lies its strength: it taps into old emotions that have been nearly elided out of much modern living. So the remake of "Orphan's Lament" becomes majestic in its depiction of life as suffering -- and you don't need to understand Tuvan to hear suffering in that song -- while "Remembering Ulaatai River" opens a keyhole to somewhere you'll never visit.