Album Review

TriO & Sainkho – “Forgotten Streets of St. Petersburg ” – [Leo Record]

Thurston Hunger   2/8/2007   CD, Jazz

KFJC has introduced me to some weird and wonderful folks, but aside from
fellow DJ’s, there may be none finer than Sainkho Namchylak. Female Tuvan
singer, who also hooked up with Peter Kowald and the FMP avant scene and
who possesses a sorceress’ satchel of secrets. She is a riot, as well as
a riot kargyrrl. Her trills, hiccoughs, groans and shrieks will keep your
ears on your toes. She’s supported by the official orificial TriO who
add their own wholey unholy mystique, check out “Singing Sphinx.” Or
the deep sax pump engine of Sergey Letov on “Old Boat” while Yury
Parfenov’s trumpet dodges in and out of the cloudy singing of Sainkho.
Do not miss Sainkho’s work on “Seven Corners. Wind” (She more than
delivers the weather on that one!) Also even if you fear jazz like the
devil, but worship the ultimate brimestoner, make sure you check out
“The Legend” featuring Sainkho, as some old crone in a Black Sabbath
t-shirt. Again the TriO (evidently in a new configuration) sounds
fantastic on this with moments of medieval improv and other fleeting
style Euro-jazz, you know clean corners. “Pretenders” even comes across
as a sort of crime jazz that dissolves into the actual crime with
throaty yelps and screams. Heck, “Through the Courtyards” could be an
Art Ensemble horn-charmer. In general plenty of cycle-sax breathing and
deep bassoon (!!!) bubbling make for a perfect mixture for the harrowing
histrionics of Sainkho. She’s still got it, even though I’m hard-pressed
to clarify what it is. This is a spellbinding and powerful release,
a perestroke of genius.

-Thurston Hunger

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