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He Who Travels Far

HanggaiAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 31, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: FOUR QUARTERS ENT
  • ASIN: B004UHF4UK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,693 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The lyrics to Hanggai's songs are nearly all country scenes. Snapshots of the mountains, the sunrise, the sandalwood tree. The music itself is much the same. Even the love songs and the lullabies are replete with nature imagery. "Ah, the silent pasture / emerges upon the far distant horizon / in the silent tranquility / the fragrance of milky liquor spreads through the air."

The combination of throat singing, minimal percussion, and stringed instruments both electric and acoustic make Hanggai's latest album a wonderful experience. I happened across a live show of theirs by chance and, wowed by their sonic landscapes, bought the CD. While the recorded experience is quite inferior to witnessing them live, it still manages to capture some aspects of what makes the group so special.

The songs typically fall into one of three styles (though there is much cross-over in tracks; it is not uncommon for their songs to have an introduction that is fairly dissimilar from the main body of the song). There are those that sound like traditional Chinese/Mongolian folk songs, with light percussion and lots of guitar strumming, much of which is secondary to the vocal part. Second, there is the "soundscape" style. This is dominated by bowed instruments, wood flutes, and quiet vocals. Finally, there is the percussive, electrically exciting music that allows for head-banging and meditation alike.

I can't help but see the ties between the music of Hanggai and post-rock groups like Sigur Ros (particularly with that last stylistic type). It is the undeniable eastern influence that makes the music of Hanggai unique, and wholly enjoyable for any fan of world music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Niche music, but amazing! December 13, 2012
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Chances are good that if you've made it to this CD, you're aware of at least the basics of what Hanggai is... a sort of amazing fusion of Western rock with traditional Mongolian songs. It's the sort of combination that either has to succeed or fail spectacularly, and Hanggai makes it into something amazing. Three songs in particular stand out -- Xiger Xiger captures the 'fun' of what this band does; the song Hanggai (named, like the band, after the traditional steppe homeland of the Mongol people) features a bit of the long-song style throat singing that is at the core of what I, at least, as a barely-educated fan see as the inspiration behind Mongolian music, along with a more modern feel but capturing the plaintive longing for the past that fills so much of Hanggai's music; and Borulai, a traditional lullaby, is positively beautiful.
It speaks well of the music that I was already a fan just from listening to the mp3's before I got hold of this CD, but unless your Mongolian is better than mine, get the CD for the liner notes; overall, knowing what the songs are actually about really does improve the experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The New Territory of Mongolian Rock May 15, 2014
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Why I love this album .... Mongolian peoples' music, which is found in Tuva and independent Mongolia (formerly Outer Mongolia and the Soviet Peoples Republic of Mongolia) is also found in China. Some 5 million Mongolians live in China. The Chinese province of Inner Mongolia shares the steppe grasslands, the horse-herding lifestyle, and Mongolian Buddhism of their cousins to the north and northwest. Their songs are related to nature, mountains and streams, big sky and weather, and livestock, as for centuries they underlie religion and their ethos. This album of the chiefly Inner Mongolian band (with some Han who love Mongolian instruments and folk tunes), Hanngai, is somewhat different than the modern adaptations of traditional tunes commonly available. In their third issue, Hanggai has moved further toward alternative rock with a Mongolian flavor. This owes much to their traditional instruments, as the bowed morin khuur, and harmonic and guttural throat-singing [hoomei] coupled with electric guitars and electronica and Beijing's fine recording studio magic. The 65-minute, 17-track album is richly variable in styles, with ballads, gallops, trots, a lullaby, a drinking song, and anthem-like statements, colored by nature-like sounds. Hints of Han Chinese music are also found and track 10, Ayrhindu, even has a round. The following track has electric melody and fuzz guitars and a strong rock beat...and hoomei singing: this is a remarkable global fusion sound. A tremolo strum on acoustic guitar (or is it the 2-string tobshuur lute?) soon follows. Hanggai is blazing new territory. The arrangers know their art and made a delightful, innovative album with strong riding rhythms. Giddy-up! Chu! Chu!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great music but... June 6, 2014
By J. J.
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I'm aware it's not a big deal in the digital world, but the jewel case was shattered upon arrival and I'm lucky the cd wasn't damaged. I always buy music I like and I've always enjoyed being able to look at the album covers and inner sleeve. I'll replace the case at some point, but considering how the public treats the music industry these days (full out thievery), I'd think a bit more quality control would be in place to insure satisfaction with the product reaching the consumers (the delivery box was undamaged so whoever packed it is at fault). I know it would have been replaced on request but it's a bother.
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