Obomsawin, Alanis / Bush Lady
Album: Bush Lady   Collection:General
Artist:Obomsawin, Alanis   Added:Aug 2018
Label:Constellation Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2018-08-02 Pull Date: 2018-10-04
Week Ending: Sep 30 Aug 19 Aug 12 Aug 5
Airplays: 1 2 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Aug 10, 2021: Butter and Jams (rebroadcast from Aug 16, 2018)
4. Aug 15, 2018: Brownian Motion
2. Sep 27, 2018: Butter and Jams
5. Aug 09, 2018: Homeroom
Bush Lady Pt. I
3. Aug 16, 2018: Butter and Jams
6. Aug 05, 2018: Bread Club
Bush Lady Pt. I

Album Review
Reviewed 2018-08-02
– General Description: Alanis Obomsawin is a American-Canadian Abenaki artist who has largely focused her work (in film and music) on issues affecting First Nation peoples. Bush Lady is a re-issue of a remastered version of her only album originally recorded in 1985. These original compositions merge her heritage with an avant-garde approach using Abenaki, English and French over spare and supportive orchestrations which serve to enhance her delivery of mournful words, such as:

“I walk around with the sorrows of my race engraved upon my face...”
“I know this place where no one cries/I know this place where no one dies.”

Obomsawin’s voice is full and luscious; a controlled and, at times, crystal-like soprano. This is a beautiful and haunting work — a treasure that should be played over and over again.

– FCC Compliant: YES
– Recommended Tracks: 1, 2, 3
– Track Reviews:
1.*** (3:40) Odana - lovely soprano voice singing a sad lament over spare orchestration
2.*** (10:04) Bush Lady, Pt. I - North American Indian huff singing and singing/talking story of dislocation
3.*** (2:45) Bush Lady, Pt. II - Bush Lady finds rest
4. (0:25) Of The Earth And Of The Sea - a simple spoken statement
5. (8:00) Theo, Pt. I - French spoken word story and calling with drum and spare orchestration behind
6. (8:08) Theo, Pt. II - continuation of the story
7. (1:06) Nziwaldam - voice only soft, clear lament

Track Listing
1. Odana   4. Of The Earth And The Sea
2. Bush Lady Pt. I   5. Theo Pt. I
3. Bush Lady Pt. Ii   6. Theo Pt. Ii
  7. Nziwaldam