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Impressio - Stepanida Borisova

by Stepanida Borisova

Shamanic songs in Toyuk style from the best female singer of Yakutia.
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1. Autumn Kiss
5:53 $0.99
2. When You Come
5:24 $0.99
3. I Was Thinking
5:38 $0.99
4. Summer
4:10 $0.99
5. One Day In A Town
6:33 $0.99
6. Don't Toch Me
4:42 $0.99
7. Don't Come Into My Dreams
7:13 $0.99
8. Black Raven
6:11 $0.99
9. Blessing
8:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
Stepanida Borisova is world famous cultural purveyor of songs from Yakutia, a republic in Eastern Russia. CD contains traditional songs ("toyuks" - improvised, epic songs) and ancient shamanic chants (kylyhakh style overtone singing) of native Sakha people (Yakuts) fused with modern rock & avant-garde jazz background. This album is quite contemporary in sound, but remains largely traditional in spirit.



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Tribute to the XXth Century
Stepanida Borisova is probably the only person from the very North-Eastern part of the world, who has been so productive, with over 10 albums and a lot of music recorded in collaboration. I have seen this great Yakut singer and actor live accompanied with large handdrum (buben) alone. It was magic coming alive. She was just standing there, but the very structure of the air was changed by her voice. All she did was sing, but she did sing as it was the last thing she was allowed to do before being gone forever.

This said, I was pretty skeptical about an album with rock musicians (SAGA Group), labeled "art rock". Luckily my skepticism was quite misdirected. The SAGA guys came from the same Yakut soil, all with quite some experience in Yakut music. And the more I listened, the better it got. If Velvet Underground was an art rock group, why not these guys, even if art rock is more or less gone? And what they do is definitely rock, with due respect to the traditional music without attempts to directly recreate it.

The album is kind of "being found in translation". The dominant feature of most Yakut rock is low, dense and distorted guitar sound apt for the region where the temperatures are the coldest recorded on this planet. But to accompany Stepanida the group keep making mild, even surf-like accompaniment at first. Then slowly they get to understand the size of Stepanida's figure. The size equal to the whole of the rock music.

So at some point in the album they start putting her voice into the rock frame of the year 1968 to 1970s, think hard rock, think psichodelia. My personal favorite is "Don't Come into My Dreams" which sounds as a surprise tribute to Jim Morrison's "Spy in the House of Love" or "The End", though Black Raven also tends to be the example of some of the best tribute songs ever honoring the 1960-1970’s peak of American creativity.