Monday, April 27, 2009
Joy Niedo & Roe Kahrahrah - The sun's up now. It's time to get up.
I kind of feel like this review doesn't have to be much more than "This is a record where Comanches get high on peyote and sing songs." Because it's pretty self explanatory and I'm pretty sure you're gonna know whether or not you like it based on the title alone. But if you need more than that, I shall indulge you.
Pretty minimal stuff. Almost every song features a single drum and rattle accompanying a single singer. Occasionally a second or third person will join in if they know the words. Very repetitive and hypnotic although nothing that sounds intrinsically peyote related. If the title wasn't so revealing, I probably would never guess that the singers were inebriated. But knowing that they are is half the fun. Either way, though, this is some mesmerizing music that is truly awesome even when you disregard the novelty factor.
These are all morning songs, which means that the Comanches start partying at sundown, smoking, praying, singing, and eating peyote until the sun comes up. "The coming of early dawn after this long, arduous night is frequently a source of great inspiration to the participants. Many of the dawn songs are composed at this time, and some of the most inspiring singing is performed."